Japan to Mull Pro Baseball Lottery


Tokyo, Feb. 22 (Jiji Press)—The Nippon Professional Baseball Organization will start full discussions on a proposed professional baseball lottery, informed sources said Thursday.

The lottery may start as early as 2019, according to the sources.

At a meeting on Wednesday in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, representatives of the country's 12 professional baseball teams agreed to consider adding the sport to the Sports Promotion Lottery, the sources said.

The existing lottery, run by the government-linked Japan Sports Council, covers only soccer at present. The revenue is used to promote sports, including by providing subsidies to sports organizations.

The envisioned baseball lottery would be a type in which tickets show randomly predicted baseball game results, making it unnecessary for buyers to have knowledge of the sport.

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