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  • Asia Series in financial trouble

    Posted by simon c on 2008 November 17日 Monday

    There’s a brief article in Sankei Sports explaining how the poorly attended Asia Series (all group games drew less than 10,000 and the final less than 20,000, had a popular NPB team made it to the Series, attendance figures would’ve been quite different) is in financial trouble, its future may be in jeopardy, and of course the current financial climate does not help. Here goes the rough translation:

    Asia Series Lack of Sponsor Means Trouble

    17 November 2008 Sankei Sports (via Yahoo news)

    The NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato commented on November 16th that he wanted the Asia Series to “continue no matter what” beyond next season, indicating the NPB’s stance on the Series’ future.

    The title sponsor the for the first 3 incarnations of the Series, Konami, withdrew their sponsorship which was a 3 year 3-oku yen (approximately $3 million) deal. There was no terrestrial television coverage of the Series either. Therefore, the 1-oku yen prize and operational costs (Ed: including airfare and accommodation for the foreign teams) were all paid for by the NPB. There are dissenting voices among the 12 NPB teams, endangering the future of the Series.

    Commissioner Kato further commented that “the Asia Series is a necessary step for Japanese teams to aim for the world in the future. I want Japan to take leadership on this issue and continue with the Series”. The future of the Series will be under discussion within the executive committee, where issues such as finding new sponsors and decreasing the prize money will be raised.

    Original article (Japanese) preserved after the break:

     

    アジアシリーズ、スポンサー撤退で厳しい運営

    2008年11月17日(月) 11時8分 サンケイスポーツ

     

     日本プロ野球組織(NPB)の加藤良三コミッショナー(68)は16日、来季以降のアジアシリーズについて「なんとしても続けたい」と意欲を示した。 

     今大会は、昨年まで3年3億円で冠スポンサーとなっていたコナミが撤退。地上波のテレビ中継局もつかなかった。そのため総額1億円の賞金や運営費用はNPB負担。12球団からも開催に異論が出るなど、苦しい運営となった。

     加藤コミッショナーは「アジアシリーズは、将来日本のチームが世界をめざすために必要なステップ。日本がリーダーシップをとって続けたい」と強調。今後は実行委員会などで再検討されるが、継続に向けては新スポンサー探しや賞金の減額なども議論されそうだ。

     

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    2. […] Spanish Translator Services: English – Spanish Translation Portal wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt There’s a brief article in Sankei Sports explaining how the poorly attended Asia Series (all group games drew less than 10,000 and the final less than 20,000, had a popular NPB team made it to the Series, attendance figures would’ve been quite different) is in financial trouble, its future may be in jeopardy, and of course the current financial climate does not help. Here goes the translation: Asia Series Lack of Sponsor Means Trouble 17 November 2008 Sankei Sports (via Yahoo news) The NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato commented on November 16th that he wanted the Asia Series to “continue no matter what” beyond next season, indicating the NPB’s stance on the Series’ future. The title sponsor the for the first 3 incarnations of the Series, Konami, withdrew their sponsorship which was a 3 year 3-oku yen (approximately $3 million) deal. There was no terrestrial television coverage of the Series either. Therefore, the 1-oku yen […] […]

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