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Nikkan Sports: Hanshin, Yomiuri may not open 2014 season in the US

by on Jun.04, 2013 @ 9:42 am, under NPB

According to a Nikkan Sports report, the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants may decide to scrap plans to open the 2014 season in the US due to a number of issues.  The two sides have been trying to work out some sort of a schedule that would allow them to celebrate the NPB's 80th anniversary by opening the 2014 season in the US, but potential scheduling issues, questions about ticket sales, and funding have brought plans to something of a standstill.

There have been concerns that not enough time has been spent on discussing whether or not it makes sense to open the season in the US.  There are also industry insiders that feel there is too much risk involved and that it is not worth doing if it means going into the red.

Discussions will continue.  They will also most likely be brought up during an executive committee meeting scheduled on the 10th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/4/2013

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UPDATE 6/5 @ 8:36am -

Hanshin Tigers' team president Nobuo Minami spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said that nothing has been decided and that while he does not speak for the whole group, he would like to push forward with the plans to open the season in the US.  He also said that a final decision would be made some time this month, if not July at the very latest.

Source: Sanspo 6/4/2013