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Twelve teams of the NPB confirm desire to re-open negotiations with WBC Inc.

by on Aug.03, 2012 @ 8:26 pm, under WBC

Representatives from the twelve teams of the NPB got together for a meeting in Tokyo today and confirmed that they would like to re-open negotiations with WBC Inc.

The twelve teams have already agreed to participate, but the JBPBA is standing firm on their decision to boycott the WBC unless they are given more control over their own rights (sponsorship, merchandise within Japan).

Toshimasa Shimada, Nippon Ham Fighters Rep, International Affairs Committee chair -- "If necessary, we will fly out to the US.  They have given us a certain amount of responsibilities."

Tomoharu Inoue, Rakuten Eagles Acting Owner -- "It is up to the twelve teams to work out [exactly] what the conditions [for participation] are."

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/3/2012

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UPDATE 8/4 @ 3:28pm -

Daily Sports offers the following, slightly better Tomoharu Inoue quote: "What the JPBPA wants is just a part of the negotiations.  Which conditions are needed is something the twelve teams need to consider.  The bottom line is to participate under the best conditions possible."

Sponichi also adds that the NPB will temporarily hold off on naming the next WBC manager.  One rep was quoted as saying, "There is no schedule without the WBC.  This is not something that can be determined now."

The are currently no plans to cancel the international games against Cuba (Fukuoka and Sapporo in November).