There will be a dress code at this year's NPB Awards Ceremony on the 26th. Everyone in attendance (that includes staff, media, and all other personnel) will be required to dress in formal wear. The NPB considered tuxedos for players that have already been mentioned as award winners, but decided to put that off for this year's ceremony.
The change in rules was made because the NPB wants to make the ceremony a grand event
Source: Sponichi 11/20/2013
The proposed rule to ban players from using the area in front of dugouts for warm-ups during games has been pulled due to strong opposition from players and coaches.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013
Some Samurai Japan news and notes:
- When the team played three games in Taiwan, a local paper ran a report about how the team requested Japanese food be prepared at the start of the game and then refreshed in the 5th inning. It also mentioned that each meal ended up costing about 4,000 yen. The NPB did not think the request was too much. The league was also wondering how the media got a hold of a picture of the eating area when it was supposed to be closed off to the press. Some players were also apparently surprised when they found out their hotel had a strict policy against smoking indoors and requested all smokers use a smoking area outside. Some teams apparently have a rule that does not allow players to smoke when there are fans in the area. [ZakZak 11/14/2013]
- TV ratings for the games were not particularly high, or at least not as high as TV broadcasters were hoping for, especially during a prime time slot. Had the rosters been known ahead of time, broadcasts may have been redirected to BS channels. This may have been an important trial run for Samurai Japan in terms of securing sponsors. It could make scheduling the next set of games in April 2014 a lot more difficult. [ZakZak 11/14/2013]
- Game 1 (TV Asahi, Kanto Region): 10.9%
- Game 2 (TBS, Kanto Region): 5.0% between 6:56pm and 7:00pm; 7.6% between 7:00pm and 7:28pm; and 9.8% between 7:28pm and 10:29pm
- Game 3 (TV Asahi, Kanto Region): 9.1%
- Broadcast rights for each of the three games may have been higher than the going rate for a Nippon Series game. Nippon Series games used to be hot properties and cost about 130 million yen. However, popularity has waned in recent years, dropping the price tag to what could be less than 80 million yen. It may become more difficult to secure a lot of money for broadcast rights until bigger names make it to the roster for non-tournament games. The NPB has already said its goal was to generate four billion yen in revenue through Samurai Japan. [ZakZak 11/14/2013]