The NPB met with the JPBPA today to discuss the World Baseball Classic. No headway was apparently made: the JPBPA stood strong and emphasized that they will not participate unless the revenue-sharing model changes (specifically, things like having full control over their own sponsorship rights); and the NPB re-explained the Samurai Japan project they are trying to put together to help make up for the lack in revenue.
Some quotes from various sources:
Takahiro Arai, JPBPA chairman - I was told they understood our decision and will sit down to discuss what can be done. I am looking forward [to what they come up with].
Toru Matsubrara, JPBPA Head of the Secretariat - I informed them that their decision not to participate was strong/serious.
Kiyoaki Suzuki, Hiroshima Carp GM, NPB Player Relations Committee chair - The JPBPA is standing strong and if things do not change, they will not [participate]. We need to discuss how we can take action.
Toshimasa Shimada, Nippon Ham Fighters Rep, International Affairs Committee chair - We need to discuss this with the twelve teams.
UPDATE 8/2 @ 2:14pm
A couple additional notes to add:
- The meeting on Wednesday lasted about three hours.
- Officials from seven teams -- including Yomiuri, Hanshin, Nippon Ham, and Rakuten -- were a part of the NPB group.
- Reps from the twelve teams will be meeting on Friday.
- The NPB will consider all options, including returning to the negotiating table with WBC Inc.