Pacific League Pennant Race
The Chiba Lotte Marines secured a playoff spot with tonight's Softbank loss to Nippon Ham.
The Hawks still have a shot at the playoffs, but with Seibu beating Rakuten tonight, their only shot is if they win their last game of the season on Saturday and Seibu goes 0-3-0 or 0-2-1 over their last three games of the season. Two ties or one win by Seibu will eliminate Softbank from the playoffs.
Assuming the First Stage goes the max three games, the Tigers could pull in over 750 million yen with tickets, concessions, merchandise, TV broadcast rights, and sponsorship fees.
Source: Sanspo 10/4/2013
The Eagles could begin a TV commercial campaign in the six Tohoku regions for the Final Stage of the Climax Series on the 14th. The organization never purchased TV ad time for their 2009 Climax Series run, so this would be a franchise first.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/4/2013