Lectures - Mitts Across the Pacific - Agenda

Celebrating 150 Years
Washington University in St. Louis and United States-Japan Relations

Mitts Across the Pacific:
Baseball in Japan and the United States
2:00 PM
Friday, April 16, 2004
Anheuser-Busch Hall - Room 310 - School of Law

PANELISTS:

Yoshihiko Miyauchi,  CEO of ORIX Corporation, owner Kobe ORIX Bluewaves
Takashi Koizumi, President, ORIX Bluewaves
William O. DeWitt, Jr., Chair and Principal Owner, St. Louis Cardinals
Frederick O. Hanser, Vice-Chair, St. Louis Cardinals

DISCUSSANT:

Brad Lefton, International Sports Journalist and Television Producer

MODERATOR:

Edward N. Macias, Executive Vice Chancellor, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Washington University

CONVENOR:

Robert E. Hegel, Professor of Chinese, Director-Visiting East Asian Professionals Program, Washington University

Possible Issues for Discussion…

~ Problems of Ownership and Management
- Player salary and salary caps: who caps them, and at what levels.
- Parity or lack of parity between teams and its effect on player support.

~ Social Issues
- Uses of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in the physical conditioning of players.

~ Economic Issues
- Popularity and income from TV and tickets.
- The future of baseball in Japan and the United States
- Will ticket prices be allowed to outpace the fan’s willingness to pay?

~ Political Issues
- Hometown teams, new stadiums and who pays for them.

~ Internationalization of Baseball
- Is the match between the Yankees and the Devil Rays the start of a new age for baseball?
- How might a team like the Cardinals compete in Asia for players?
- How should they scout, recruit, and retain players, when many have expressed interest in playing only in cities where there are major Japanese communities?
- What advantages are there for a Japanese team to have a working relationship with an American team?

To be followed by a reception in the Janite Lee Reading Room.

All are welcome!