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Ryozo Kato shares thoughts on new team /owner rules

by on Dec.29, 2010 @ 12:33 am, under NPB

NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato closed out his work for 2010 on Tuesday.

Kato also shared the following with reporters:

He didn't think amendments needed to be made to the amount new clubs or new ownership had to pay in order to become a part of the league.  Current rules dictate that new clubs or owners must pay a deposit of 2.5B yen as part of their entry in to the league.  This deposit is an "insurance policy" for players if something were to suddenly happen to the new club or owner.

He ultimately hopes to see the MLB purchase and use the NPB's new regulation baseball.

He's thinking about requiring every home stadium to have room enough for at least 30,000 fans  (in order to secure enough revenue during Nippon Series play).  Kato was apparently speaking specifically about the Rakuten Eagles (Kleenex Stadium has a max capacity of 23,000).