UPDATE3: PL, CL can't agree on postponement of season openers

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TOKYO, March 15 (23:34) Kyodo


The Pacific and Central Leagues will continue to debate whether
or not to postpone the start of the new season scheduled to begin on
March 25 after representatives of Japan's 12 professional baseball
clubs failed to reach an agreement at a meeting Tuesday, Nippon
Professional Baseball said.

The PL wants to postpone its season-opening games following last
Friday's devastating earthquake that hit northeastern Japan, but the
Central League wants to go ahead and hold its games scheduled the
same day.

NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato said he hoped a swift decision would
be reached on when the next round of talks will be held, but no date
has been set.

Sendai, which is home to the Rakuten Eagles, is one of the areas
hit hardest by the quake. The Eagles were scheduled to meet the Lotte
Marines for the season opener at Kleenex Stadium, which was damaged
in the 9.0 magnitude temblor. A total of six night games in both the
Central and Pacific leagues were set for March 25.

''Some (in the PL) thought the season should start on the 25th
and others were of the opinion that it would be difficult,'' said
Rakuten acting owner Tomoharu Inoue. ''The CL teams had their own
thoughts but at this stage I don't think there is any way we can hold
the season opener in Sendai (on schedule).''

Chunichi Dragons team representative Norihiro Nishiwaki said he
saw no reason why the season had to begin on the same day for both

''There is no reason to stick to that. The most important thing
is that the 12 teams reach an agreement.''

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