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NPB thinking about when to begin preparing for 2013 World Baseball Classic

by on Feb.10, 2011 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB, WBC

The representatives from the 12 teams of the NPB met today in Naha and decided that they will try do a number of things to help prepare for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  Amongst the things on the to-do list: figuring when to begin preparing, how to select the next manager and the player for the tournament, gaining permission from all 12 teams and the player's union, and setting up compensation rules for when players get injured.

The reps also decided that they will continue to meet at a pace of about once a week in order to continue working out the details.

During today's meeting, a number of reps said they felt preparations should begin this fall and that practice games should be scheduled.  Outside parties (like ad companies) are also showing interest in marketing and merchandising opportunities.  There were also suggestions that part of the money earned through tickets sales could also be put towards the new player pensions.