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NPB and JPBPA meet to discuss WBC, no headway made

by on Aug.01, 2012 @ 9:02 pm, under WBC

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.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/1/2012, Nikkan Sports 8/1/2012, Sponichi 8/1/2012


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.

Source: Sanspo 8/2/2012, Sponichi 8/2/2012