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U.S. businessmen planning Israeli baseball league

JERUSALEM (JTA) — American businessmen reportedly are trying to establish a professional baseball league in Israel.

Several businessmen held meetings with Israeli government ministers and the mayor of Jerusalem asking for their help in the attempt, Ynet reported Thursday, adding that the businessmen have the support of the New York Yankees.

Among those involved in the project, according to Ynet, is billionaire Jeffrey Rosen, owner of the Israeli basketball team Maccabi Haifa.

A professional Israeli baseball league launched in 2007 folded after its first season due to money woes.

Baseball is not overly popular in Israel.