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[9/18/2015] WBCI releases information on 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

by on Sep.19, 2015 @ 7:53 am, under WBC

World Baseball Classic, Inc (WBCI) released information about venues and pools for the qualifying round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic.


  • Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia
  • Estadio B Air in Mexicali, Mexico
  • Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama
  • MCU Park in Brooklyn, N.Y.


  • Qualifier 1 (February 11-14, 2016 in Sydney): Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and South Africa
  • Qualifier 2 (March 17-20, 2016 in Mexicali): Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany and Nicaragua
  • Qualifier 3 (March 17-20, 2016 in Panama City): Colombia, France, Panama and Spain
  • Qualifier 4 (September 22-25, 2016 in Brooklyn): Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Pakistan

The qualifying round will be a six-game modified double-elimination tournament. Pools were determined after venues were selected. Competitve balances, rivalries, and geographic locations were considered. The four teams that win the qualifying round will advance to the World Baseball Classic in 2017. The twelves countries that already have invitations to the 2017 tournament based on their performances in 2013: Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela.

Source: MLB.com 9/17/2015

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NPB thinking about when to begin preparing for 2013 World Baseball Classic

by on Feb.10, 2011 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB, WBC

The representatives from the 12 teams of the NPB met today in Naha and decided that they will try do a number of things to help prepare for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  Amongst the things on the to-do list: figuring when to begin preparing, how to select the next manager and the player for the tournament, gaining permission from all 12 teams and the player's union, and setting up compensation rules for when players get injured.

The reps also decided that they will continue to meet at a pace of about once a week in order to continue working out the details.

During today's meeting, a number of reps said they felt preparations should begin this fall and that practice games should be scheduled.  Outside parties (like ad companies) are also showing interest in marketing and merchandising opportunities.  There were also suggestions that part of the money earned through tickets sales could also be put towards the new player pensions.

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JPBPA meets with MLB’s Senior Vice President, Paul Archey

by on Dec.09, 2010 @ 4:00 am, under NPB

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association (JPBPA) met with Paul Archey (MLB Senior Vice President, International Business Operations) on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues regarding the World Baseball Classic.  While details of what was discussed isn't entirely known, it seems it had something to do with improvements in the management of the league (by the US), the division of revenue from the games (the breakdown from the 2nd WBC was apparently 33% MLB, 33% MLBPA, and 13% Japan), and the JPBPA's request to receive a portion of the revenue.

Archey also visited NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato to ask for his continued support of the WBC.


The NPB's Group to Eliminate Organized Crime held a conference on Wednesday and inspected / examined the 147 applications for supporter group licenses for the 2011 season.  They also decided that they will ask each of the supporter groups to refrain from drinking alcohol during games in order to avoid alcohol-related problems.

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WBC: Talks for 2013 tournament begin

by on Oct.06, 2010 @ 12:28 pm, under WBC

The steering committee for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) met in New York on the 5th to discuss a number of possible changes to the tournament format.

Currently on the block:

...creating a qualifying round that will be played out amongst 16 teams split into 4 blocks in the fall of 2011.  The 16 teams will include the four teams that could not secure a win during the 2009 WBC: Chinese Taipei, Canada, South Africa, and Panama.  The top teams from each block will then proceed to the first round of the 2013 WBC.

...implementing double-headers.

...moving away from the current double elimination (1st and 2nd round) and single elimination (semfinals, finals) format.  No mention of what the alternatives could actually be.

And it seems the 2nd WBC ended US$18M in the black.

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