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Saturday, April 04, 2020

Japanese pro baseball, football give up on April starts

TOKYO- Nippon Professional Baseball and the pro soccer J-League on Friday abandoned plans to play in April, while declining to say when their coronavirus pandemic-affected seasons could resume.

NPB is now hoping to open its regular season in late May, but for the first time decided not to announce a date following a meeting of representatives from its 12 teams.

The pro baseball establishment twice previously set dates, April 10 and April 24, that would allow the two leagues to complete a regular 143-game schedule, but Friday’s decision indicated new plans would be needed.

When speaking about the schedule, NPB Commissioner Atsushi Saito talked about the regular season and the season-ending Japan Series. He neglected to mention the Climax Series, the postseason playoffs to select Japan Series contestants, suggesting it could be the first sacrifice.

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2020 at 01:05 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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