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Postby Amazinz » Fri Sep 17, 2004 7:11 pm

ESPN wrote:TOKYO -- Japanese baseball players elected to stage the first strike in the history of the sport in Japan on Friday after extended negotiations with team officials failed to reach an agreement.

Japan's professional players had threatened to strike this weekend unless a one-year freeze was placed on the merger of the Pacific League's Kintetsu Buffaloes and Orix BlueWave.

The strike will wipe out all games this weekend and possibly all weekend games between now and the end of the season. Weekday games will be played as scheduled.

Negotiations will resume next week in an attempt to salvage the remaining weekend games.

"The players have elected to go on strike," Lotte Marines representative Ryuzo Setoyama said. "I want to extend our apologies to the fans around the country. The players asked for a one-year freeze on the merger of Orix and Kintetsu, but given the dire financial conditions of these two teams, that was impossible."

On Thursday, team officials told the Japanese baseball players' association that a freeze on the merger was impossible.

"We asked for a one-year freeze," said Yakult catcher Atsuya Furuta, head of the players' association. "We were told that was impossible, and I sincerely want to apologize to all the fans who were planning on going to watch games this weekend."

There were also reports in Japanese media late Friday that commissioner Yasuchika Negoro would step down to take responsibility for the strike.

The players were convinced that having five teams in the Pacific League and six teams in the Central League was not workable in terms of scheduling.

Friday's negotiating session was extended four hours beyond the 5 p.m. deadline, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement that would keep games going this weekend.

Japanese baseball players and owners averted the strike a week ago after the owners assured the players there would be no further mergers, but the refusal to put the merger off for a year led the players to stage the first walkout in the 70-year history of Japanese baseball.

The Buffaloes reportedly have lost $36 million a year because of a drop in attendance and rising player salaries. The team's owners have said they can't put the merger off for another year.

"In talks with the players, we promised reforms," Setoyama said. "We promised to improve the environment for new teams to enter the league, and we explained in great detail the financial conditions of the two teams according to the demands of the players."

Another main issue was the admission of new teams.

Two Japanese Internet service companies have applied to set up new teams. The players wanted any new teams to join the pro leagues next season while the owners maintained that 2006 would be the earliest a new team could enter Japan professional baseball.

Earlier this month, the owners of Japan's 12 professional teams voted to approve the merger between the Buffaloes and BlueWave, a move that could result in up to 100 players and team personnel losing their jobs.

The owners also said they will maintain the two-league format that has been in place since 1950 and will hold more meetings to discuss the introduction of interleague games for next season.

A merger is opposed by many fans, and critics argue there are less drastic measures -- interleague play and more equitable distribution of TV broadcast rights -- to make Pacific League teams more profitable.


Maybe they left something out of the article but isn't it strange they are only boycotting weekend games? I'm assuming those are the highest revenue games for the owners like here in the States. It just seems only boycotting weekend games would give the owners lots of leverage.
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Postby Madison » Fri Sep 17, 2004 7:17 pm

Yep, there's a thread in Fantasy Baseball Talk about it.

First the NHL :-/ , now the Japanese league :-/ .

Since the old wive's tale is that these things happen in threes, I hope the NBA is next. :-D
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:53 am

Madison wrote:First the NHL :-/ , now the Japanese league :-/ .

Since the old wive's tale is that these things happen in threes, I hope the NBA is next. :-D


I heard the PBA was next....something about ugly shoes and funny looking shirts... :-b

It is sad to hear about the Japanese league... :-/
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Postby Madison » Sat Sep 18, 2004 9:23 pm

DieHardCubbie wrote:I heard the PBA was next....something about ugly shoes and funny looking shirts... :-b


Lol. :-D

Actually, you're kind of close. The PWBA (Professional Women's Bowling Association) will not have a season this year (and currently never again) due to a lack of advertisers.

The PBA itself is building up a very nice foundation right now. :-)
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Postby Amazinz » Sat Sep 18, 2004 10:40 pm

I was wondering what the PBA was ...
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Postby Madison » Sun Sep 19, 2004 1:42 am

Amazinz wrote:I was wondering what the PBA was ...


Professional Bower's Association. ;-D
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Sun Sep 19, 2004 9:05 am

Madison wrote:Actually, you're kind of close. The PWBA (Professional Women's Bowling Association) will not have a season this year (and currently never again) due to a lack of advertisers.


It is sad that they can't get advertisers... :-/ ...I would rather watch them than the WNBA, LPGA and womens soccer... :-?
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Postby Amazinz » Sun Sep 19, 2004 10:14 am

Bowling should change it's name to the Professional Ballers Association. Make it sound grittier. :-)
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Postby jumpman8288 » Thu Sep 23, 2004 5:41 pm

Amazinz wrote:Bowling should change it's name to the Professional Ballers Association. Make it sound grittier. :-)


Or the Pimped Bowlers Association.
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Postby Rico The Retard » Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:39 pm

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