Red Sox looking into spreading baseball brand in China

Updated: March 2, 2007, 4:35 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox might be forming on a new front: China.

While the Yankees sent a delegation to the Far East earlier this year, the Red Sox are now publicly expressing interest in the land of 1.3 billion people, according to a report.

In a radio interview with Bloomberg News, Boston Red Sox executive Larry Lucchino, who once called the Yankees the "Evil Empire," said his franchise would like to help increase baseball's exposure in China.

"We would be happy to do that," Lucchino told Bloomberg. "We'll flip a coin to see who's the home team."

The Yankees have expressed interest in playing in the first major league game on Chinese soil. Apparently now, they might also have a possible opponent.

"I've been meaning to pick up the phone and call [Yankees President Randy Levine] and say 'Randy, you pick the city, we'll pick the time and we'll see you there,'" Lucchino said in the report.

MLB spokesman Richard Levin wouldn't say if any other teams had officially expressed interest in playing in China and he told Bloomberg that talk of possible matchups is "premature."

"There are a number of clubs that would be interested and everyone's pretty excited about the prospects of playing in China," Levin said. "Nothing formal has been done yet."

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