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NPB Owners Meet to Discuss Future of the NPB

by on Jul.22, 2009 @ 3:59 pm, under NPB

The NPB owners held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the current state of affairs of the league. The big topic on hand was the economic condition of each of the ball clubs. Currently, each team pays about 70M yen luxury taxes but there's a proposal on the table to raise that to 110M yen.

Last year, for the quarter ending in September, the NPB balance sheet was 580M yen in the red. Current estimates target yearly losses at 300M yen moving forward. (Lowered broadcast fees for the All-Star Game and the Asia Series are listed as two causes for the losses.)

The NPB is trying to streamline costs. For example, they merged the Commissioner's Office with the Central League and Pacific League Offices and are in the process of setting up a new sub-group that will hopefully bring in some profit*. But the changes haven't provided that much relief.

The owners will meet again in November to further discuss what should be done to help the NPB.

*In Japan, broadcast and merchandising agreements are controlled by each of the 12 teams. Whatever business the NPB enters into, it cannot disrupt the efforts of the 12 teams. This leaves events like the All-Star Game, the Nippon Series, the Asia Series, the Amateur Draft, and various NPB related conventions as areas the NPB can focus in on as potential streams for revenue.

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