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[7/9/2015] Olympics, Lottery, BFJ and NPB to work closer together

by on Jul.09, 2015 @ 10:51 am, under NPB

The Baseball Federation of Japan (BFJ) and the NPB met in Tokyo on July 8 and agreed to work closer together to promote baseball in Japan. The two sides are planning to hold a joint meeting some time between February and April next year.

Source: Sanspo 7/8/2015, Sponichi 7/8/2015, Sponichi 7/9/2015

An NPB owner's meeting took place on July 8. Some notes:

  • The meeting took place at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Minatoku, Tokyo and lasted about two-and-a-half hours.
  • Owners that attended the meeting: Seibu, Orix, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Chunichi, and Yokohama. All other teams sent representatives or special representatives.
  • Tomoko Namba participated in the meeting for the first time since she became owner of the Bay Stars in January. She feels bringing in more female fans could help increase children's interest in the sport. "Mothers have a lot of influence over their children. I think it is important to get more women involved."
  • Other ideas to help make the sport more friendly for children included making admission free for elementary school-aged kids on Children's Day (May 5).
  • The owners agreed to provide the best possible team if baseball makes it back to the Olympics in 2020.
  • Owners exchanged their opinions on the Sports Federation of Diet Members' potential proposal to include baseball in their Sports Promotion Lottery. A portion of the proceeds would go toward construction costs for building the 2020 Olympics main stadium, although the lottery itself is mostly about promoting sports in a general sense. Many of the owners were against the idea based on past history: baseball took a hit in popularity when a number of players were caught fixing games during the Kuro Kiri Jiken (Black Mist Scandal) between 1969 and 1971. Based on past reports, opinions within baseball (players, coaches, staff, front office personnel, player's union) appeared to be mixed. It should be noted that the lottery proposal includes having a computer randomly choose winners and losers to avoid the possibility of game fixing. A formal proposal has not yet been presented to the NPB. Other sports, like rugby, volleyball, and basketball are also being considered.
  • Updates were provided on Premier 12 preparations, NPB Enterprise operations, the new BIS system, and on game shortening discussions by the Game Operations Committee.

Source: Sanspo 7/8/2015, Sanspo 7/8/2015, Sanspo 7/8/2015, Sanspo 7/9/2015, Sanspo 7/9/2015, Daily Sports 4/15/2015, Daily Sports 7/8/2015, Daily Sports 7/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/14/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2015, Sponichi 4/15/2015, Sponichi 4/15/2015, Sponichi 4/16/2015, Sponichi 6/18/2015, Sponichi 6/18/2015, ZakZak 7/10/2015