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Japan threatens to boycott World Baseball Classic

Jul 20, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT


Japan has won both World Baseball Classic tournaments, but unhappiness over how the merchandising and sponsorship revenue is split up has the back-to-back defending champions threatening to boycott the 2013 games.

Japanese players’ association chairman Takahiro Arai told the Associated Press that they first told WBC organizers of their demands “a year and a half ago … but we have yet to get a response, and since it appears one is not coming we are forced to take this stance.”

Of course, the Associated Press also points out that Japan made similar threats to boycott the 2009 tournament “but eventually took part.”

Adding to the potential drama is that Japan is scheduled to host the first-round of the tournament, which will take place in March.

  1. - Jul 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Good, let em. We might actually win this year.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Which team will Kei Igawa play for? His native Japan, or the US that has embraced and supported him?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 20, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      US that has embraced and supported him?

      Is there another US that you are thinking of? Because being banished to the minors and then returning to Japan to play isn’t something i’d consider embracing and supporting, would you?

      • ezthinking - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM

        Drink more, you’ll get it.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:24 AM


  3. ninjasports - Jul 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    If they are asking for more money because they have won twice then I disagree. If they simply want as much as other power baseball countries recieve from revenues then they deserve it.

  4. hep3 - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Who cares about Japan or the World Baseball “Classic?”

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    got a great idea, can we just but an end to the WBC?? The next person i meet that actually cares about this will be the first

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