Yamagata prefecture had put the naming rights for Yamagata Municipal Stadium up for sale but announced that the deadline passed without them receiving any offers.
Takamiya Ryokan initially purchased the naming rights to the stadium on 4/2008 (3-year deal worth 500M yen per year; stadium renamed to Yamagata Zao Sap Takamiya Hotels Stadium) but opted not to renew after the current season because of a decrease in Rakuten Eagles Ni-gun games and because they felt the naming rights failed as an advertising medium.
Yamagata prefecture placed the naming rights on sale with the same 3-year requirement, but at a lowered per-year rate of 400M yen or more.
Senichi Hoshino would like his team to finish the exhibition season with at least a .500 record, but also realizes that during the exhibition season, it's more about the quality of the games than the actual outcome. Hoshino also said that he was looking forward to the three games they'll be playing against the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers (3/18 - 3/21) because he'll have a chance to see what his team is really made of.
Ginjiro visited the Kozo Fudo Water Shrine in Kurihara, Miyagi on Thursday to test his spirit under the 5 degree C waterfall.
The Eagles announced today that they'll starting a fitness program geared towards women and girls (middle school and above) beginning in April 2011.