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Japanese baseball joins fight against global warming

by on Mar.18, 2008 @ 11:54 am, under NPB


Japanese baseball joins fight against global warming
TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese professional baseball players have vowed to shorten playing time per game as part of the national pastime's contribution to the fight against global warming.

They will aim to cut playing time by six percent, or 12 minutes, from the average of three hours and 18 minutes per game, the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) commissioners' office said.

"When a professional baseball game is staged, a huge amount of carbon dioxides, a cause of global warming, is discharged because it requires use of energy to move players and spectators, supply electricity for lighting and other purposes and dispose of food and drink waste," NPB said in a statement.


12 minutes a game? I know that commercials don't play too much of a part in Japanese baseball, so there's none of that. Players also don't step out of the box quite as often as players in the Majors, although there are certainly players that do. I wonder what they plan on doing to cut games back by 12 minutes. The Majors tried to do it, but that didn't really work out all that well.

I'll certainly be keeping my eye on how games flow this year...