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Executives from Nippon Professional Baseball’s 12 teams will meet on Aug. 20 to discuss strategy regarding how to persuade NPB’s players union to participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, it was learned Wednesday.
NPB agreed last year to join the 2013 competition, won by Japan both times it has been held in 2006 and 2009. The players union, however, voted on July 20 not to participate unless its demands that NPB is given the rights to the sponsorship and licensing revenues its participation generates are met. Currently, sponsorship and licensing revenues are pooled and divided among participating nations by the tournament’s organizing body, WBC Inc.
Tournament organizers, however, rejected Japan’s latest demands, saying the issue needs to be resolved between NPB and the union.
“There is no change to the current severe conditions,” Shimada said.
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