Reps for the twelve NPB teams met today in Tokyo to go over the details from the meeting the NPB International Relations Committee had with the MLB/WBCI earlier this month.
Of interest, the NPB was able to check on a number of issues they were unsure about with regards to sponsorship and merchandising rights covered in the agreement they have with the MLB/WBCI. After receiving confirmation, they now know that rights for Samurai Japan can and will be fully controlled by Japan, even during the WBC.
The NPB is expected to sit down with the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association at some point in the near future.
UPDATE 8/21 @ 11:09am - A couple additions:
- Japan can claim 100% revenue for all sponsorship and merchandising rights they sell on Samurai Japan, provided they do not have any visible connections to the WBC (like logos, symbols, and phrases). Source: Sanspo 8/21/2012, Sports Hochi 8/21/2012
- WBC Inc has reportedly informed the NPB that they are leaning towards excluding Japan from the tournament if they do not provide a final decision before the end of the month. It seems the MLB also went over some sort of "Plan B" (in case Japan does not participate) during an owners meeting on August 15. Source: Sports Hochi 8/21/2012