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WBC: JPBPA standing firm on revenue created by the Japan national team

by on Sep.23, 2011 @ 2:52 am, under WBC

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) met with the NPB and the 12 teams on Thursday to talk about the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  The meetings ultimately ended with the JPBPA standing firm on wanting control over revenue created directly by the Japan national team (from sponsors, merchandise, etc).

The International Division of the NPB also provided the JPBPA with a report on their meetings with WBC Inc.  Regarding the WBC Inc's counter-proposal, Toru Matsubara (JPBPA head of the secretariat) told reporters the package was too small and that it wouldn't allow them to participate in the WBC, even if they wanted to.  Specific details of the counter-proposal were not mentioned.

With the deadline to reply quickly approaching (end of September), it seems some are growing concerned about the very real possibility of Japan not competing at the next WBC.  One team rep was even quoted as saying, "While considering the counter-proposal and other options, we need to think of ways to get back to the negotiating table."