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[8/11/2014] Pacific League agrees to cut in Inter-league schedule

by on Aug.11, 2014 @ 9:32 pm, under NPB

The NPB held a twelve-team representative meeting in Tokyo earlier today to discuss the Central League's request to reduce the Inter-league schedule.  The CL has been pushing for a reduction in games from twenty-four games to eighteen because of scheduling problems.  The Pacific League was given more time to reconsider the issue after both sides failed to reach an agreement during a meeting earlier this month.  The PL agreed to the first cut in the Inter-league schedule since 2007.

Beginning next year, each team will play six three-game series, one each against teams in the opposite league.  Home stadiums will alternate every year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/11/2014, Sponichi 8/11/2014

[UPDATE @ 10:06pm]

The season will be 143 games long -- 125 regular season games and 18 Inter-league games.

Source: Daily Sports 8/11/2014

[UPDATE @ 10:45pm]

The meeting ran over three hours.

Just couple of things to note that were omitted above:

  • The PL was not fully on board with the decision.  One or more teams were concerned because some fans are against the reduction.
  • The PL ultimately agreed to the cut in the Inter-league schedule because the NPB is trying to finish the entire season (including Nippon Series) before the end of October.  This will allow Samurai Japan to begin making preparations for international games/tournaments in early November.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2014


4 comments on “[8/11/2014] Pacific League agrees to cut in Inter-league schedule

  1. Tim

    I though there would be 138 games (5×24 + 18)? Or there will be another round of regular games added (5×25 + 18)? In this case, three teams will have one more game at home than the other 3 in the same league. I do not like this idea. It is kind of unfair.

    1. Gen Post author

      I’m not sure if the numbers are final, but 5×25+18 is what I have been reading. They could alternate the one-game home field advantage. Perhaps they might have it coincide with the IL games, something like in 2015 three IL series take place at CL home fields and three take place at PL home field, teams that are not playing IL series at home will get the one-game home field advantage during the regular season. That could work.

  2. muratafan

    If there is a 25X5 setup, doesn’t that mean an odd number of games during the regular year? 125 games means either 62 or 63 home games and 63 or 62 away games. I think they need to tweak this a bit more.

    1. Gen Post author

      Yeah, I think that’s what Tim was getting at, that three teams in each league would get one extra home game.

      The thing is, the NPB doesn’t want to lose games by cutting back the IL schedule. So going from 24×5 to 25×5 is the next logical increase, unfortunately that means an odd number of games. And they can’t make the jump to 26×5, because it was defeat the purpose of cutting the IL schedule.

      I have a feeling they might do something like I suggested to off-set the one-game home-field advantage. I think it makes the most sense.

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