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]
- 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.