Nikkan Sports conducted an online survey between March 1 and March 4, asking fans what they thought of Starting Pitcher Announcements in the Central League. Of the 1,859 replies, 573 were for Announcements while 1,237 were against it.
Some of the reasons for:
- Planning when to watch games will become easier
- It will be nice to know when my favorite players play
Some of the reasons against:
- It will do away with the mental/psychological aspect of the game
- It could cause a drop in interest
- No need for the CL to copy the PL
Chunichi fans led those that responded to the survey, followed by fans of a PL team, Hanshin fans, and Yomiuri fans.