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[8/4/2014] Inter-league schedule discussions to continue, leagues still split

by on Aug.05, 2014 @ 12:13 am, under NPB

Representatives from the twelve NPB teams met in Tokyo on Monday.  Among the issues discussed was the Inter-league schedule.

The Central League (CL) has been pushing to shorten the schedule from twenty-four games to eighteen because they feel there is not enough time, especially when they have to consider rescheduling rained out games toward the end of the season.  The CL also wants to make sure players have enough time to rest and prepare for the international games in November.

The representatives will meet again after the Pacific League (PL) has had a chance to reconsider.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2014

[UPDATE 8/5 @ 11:37am]

Some updates:

  • In addition to reducing games from twenty-four to eighteen, the CL is also proposing a change from two two-game series to one three-game series.
  • By reducing the games, the CL believes the entire season, including the Nippon Series, can end before the end of October.  This should give Samurai Japan players enough time to rest and prepare for the international games in November.
  • The PL understands the CL's concerns about the schedule and might be willing to go along with the reduction.

Source: Sanspo 8/5/2014, Daily Sports 8/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/5/2014, Sponichi 8/5/2014

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4 comments on “[8/4/2014] Inter-league schedule discussions to continue, leagues still split

  1. muratafan

    Sounds like the classic Giants/Tigers duo saying ‘hey, we bring the most fans to the opposing teams ballparks, so we should be the ones who decide this.’

    There are many things I love about NPB compared to MLB (‘countryside games’, dirt-cheap ni-gun games, open seating in places like Seibu Dome and virtually all ni-gun and countryside games, ouendan sections taking turns on cheering teams on offense, 6 pm start times, hero interviews, incredibly accessible players), but the overbearing nature of the Giants and Tigers is the worst part of NPB and there really is no MLB equivalent. Sure the Red Sox and Yankees dominate ESPN, but the Red Sox and Yankees don’t control MLB scheduling, that’s for certain!

  2. Kozo

    I was always under the impression that it was the non-Giants/Tigers CL teams that want less interleague. The Giants and Tigers will draw crowds regardless of their opponents, but the other CL teams count on the attendance boost the iants and Tigers give them. The Giants/Tigers may have their own reasons to oppose interleague (I’ sure I’ve seen Nabeatsu quotes against the concept) but I’m sure the lower income tier CL teams are fighting to keep more Giants/Tigers games on their schedule.

  3. IM

    The beauty of the current NPB schedule is that each team plays the same amount of home and road games against each of the teams in their league, and the same amount of home and road games against their interleague opponents. A perfectly balanced schedule. I’d hate to see that change and I don’t see a realistic way of keeping the balance if they go to fewer interleague games.

  4. muratafan

    I guess my point is this: the Giants/Tigers duo can and do call the shots too often. While I agree that teams like the Carp, Baystars and Swallows stand to gain with a lowered amount of interleague games, it is a reflection of the joint clout that the Giants/Tigers have that I dislike so much. While the Tigers/Giants may be indifferent to the plight of others, if the Tigers/Giants had any sort of real leadership, they could easily quell this problem. Instead, they sit silently while the other Central League clubs whine about the need to reduce interleague.

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