The NPB umps held a meeting in Tokyo earlier today. And just as with most of the NPB meetings taking place recently, there was a call to stay ever vigilant against organized crime making its way into baseball. There was also a discussion on how to improve game times that included watching over batters and not allowing them unnecessary timeouts.
The NPB announced attendance figures now that each team has faced each other at home and on the road two times each.
The Pacific League saw an overall increase of 1.6% from last season and averaged 22,469 fans a game while the Central League saw a 3.8% drop and averaged 28,181 fans a game. Four teams in Pacific League (lead by the Orix Buffaloes with a 13.1% increase at 20,103 fans a game) and two teams in the Central League (Yomiuri Giants and Yokohama Bay stars) saw increases while the rest of the clubs saw drops in attendance figures (Hiroshima saw a drop of 18.8% with 20,790 fans a game).
Central League games also averaged 3 hours and 13 minutes, 2 minutes longer than last season; Pacific League games averaged 3 hours and 14 minutes, no change from last season.