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  • 2008 NPB Team Salaries

    Posted by simon c on 2008 June 7日 Saturday

    NPB (estimated) salary figures for 2008 were released by the Players Association in May (Japanese). Here’s the raw data.

     

     

    Non-imorts

    Imports

    1$=105JPY (08.6.7)

    Team

    Lg

    Players

    Salary (k JPY)

    Players

    Salary (k JPY)

    Total (k JPY)

    Total (m$)

    Tokyo Yomiuri Giants

    CL

    62

    3,416,330

    6

    1,853,000

    5,269,330

    50.18

    Hanshin Tigers

    CL

    63

    3,324,500

    5

    585,000

    3,909,500

    37.23

    Chunichi Dragons

    CL

    61

    3,084,000

    6

    800,900

    3,884,900

    37.00

    Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

    PL

    62

    3,378,800

    6

    375,000

    3,753,800

    35.75

    Chiba Lotte Marines

    PL

    61

    2,087,800

    6

    636,000

    2,723,800

    25.94

    Orix Buffaloes

    PL

    62

    1,586,800

    6

    991,000

    2,577,800

    24.55

    Yokohama BayStars

    CL

    63

    2,016,800

    6

    385,000

    2,401,800

    22.87

    Tokyo Yakult Swallows

    CL

    62

    1,724,400

    5

    561,000

    2,285,400

    21.77

    Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters

    PL

    61

    1,800,300

    4

    391,000

    2,191,300

    20.87

    Saitama Seibu Lions

    PL

    62

    1,876,100

    4

    280,000

    2,156,100

    20.53

    Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

    PL

    60

    1,419,100

    4

    480,000

    1,899,100

    18.09

    Hiroshima Toyo Carp

    CL

    63

    1,227,500

    6

    296,000

    1,523,500

    14.51

    *CL: Central League, PL: Pacific League 

    *Import rules can be a bit complicated, as when a player is eligible for the draft (by attending a Japanese high school/university, etc.) and is selected in a draft, or has spent a certain number of years in NPB, they do not count against the import limit.

    Just a quick note that the Giants outspent the Carp by an astounding 3.46 times. If the NPB wants to grow as a whole, instead only a few rich clubs (Giants, Tigers), there needs to be some sort of revenue sharing and salary cap and floor system implemented because NPB is not a league that has promotions and demotions like soccer’s J.League where financially and organizationally stronger clubs naturally rise to the top division (even though the soccer model tends to promote superclubs that far outspend their lower ranked opponents too, but that’s a whole another matter).

    But then again financial parity doesn’t necessary promote greater competition, as shown by the cheaper clubs that have been competing for playoff spots in recent years in both MLB and NPB, while rich clubs have been known to underperform, so money isn’t everything, but it helps.

    And since the Giants and Tigers are reportedly making profits, they clearly have the financial clout to enter MLB (especially with increased TV revenue, assuming all things being equal of course, a big if).

    Also interesting to note that the Tigers are having the most success this year (so far) without spending much on foreign players (only 5th in NPB on total import salaries despite being the best team in Japan), relative to other big spenders.

    The data from Zakzak (since I think the archive disappears after a while):

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