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[7/10/2013] Standard Baseball, NPB Commissioner Kato offers apology during owner meeting

by on Jul.11, 2013 @ 3:56 am, under NPB

The first owner meeting since the NPB admitted to making changes to the standard baseball took place in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Some news and notes taken from various sources:

Meeting chairman and Orix owner Yoshihiko Miyauchi and NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato held a press conference after the meeting.

A number of owners asked why no announcement was made about the changes to the standard baseball during the meeting.  Kato reportedly offered an apology to the fans and everyone involved.

Kato's term as commissioner will end in June 2014 (assuming nothing happens beforehand).  There are currently no guidelines for selecting the next commissioner.  The issue was raised when Kato was re-elected for his third term, but had not yet been fully addressed.  The owners agreed during the meeting that a framework for selecting future commissioners (qualifications, expectations) will be put together during upcoming board of director meetings and executive committee meetings.  The framework will then be passed off to the owners for further deliberation.  Two possibilities that have already been brought up: creating a selection committee or going on recommendations made by the commissioner.

Rakuten owner Hiroshi Mikitani attended the owner meeting for the first time in six years.  Some thought he might press the issue of responsibility during the meeting, but he held back and later told reporters that he expected something to happen after the third-party panel presented their final report of their findings during an owner meeting on September 19.

No one reportedly brought up the issue of responsibility during the meetings, most likely because a third-party panel has been tasked to find out what happened and because the owners are focused on creating the guideline for selecting future commissioners.

Source: Daily Sports 7/10/2013, Sports Hochi 7/10/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/10/2013, Mainichi 7/10/2013

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UPDATE @ 5:19pm -

Miyauchi conducted a survey of the twelve teams before the owner meetings.  The results were presented at the meeting.

At least one of the survey questions was on the selection process for future NPB commissioners.  Three basic options were given: create a selection committee to handle the process; let the owners handle the process (current format); allow the active commissioner to provide a recommendation.  Six teams were in favor of the first option, four were in favor of the second; and two in favor of the third.

Source: Sponichi 7/11/2013