CPBL announce prerequisites for teams expansion

4 – 6 – 11 – 10 – 8 – 6 – 4“, that’s not from the broadcast of the Number Station during the cold war era, nor the recurring numbers from the TV show LOST.  This is the number of active teams in 28 years of CPBL history.  (Here’s the graphical CPBL/TML timeline since 1990)

Yesterday, CPBL have announced the prerequisites for companies that are interested to become team #5 and #6.  Several topics such as the entry fees, security deposit, new team incentives and the development plan were discussed amongst the team owners and league official during the CPBL general assembly.

Update 29-May: CPBL have further clarified on several points from their press release last week.

League and Team representatives gathered to set rules for possible CPBL expansion.

Company prerequisites

  • New team entry fees: 4 million USD (See notes at bottom – new updates)
  • Security deposit: 12 million USD, which is refundable after 5 seasons. (See notes at bottom – new updates)
  • Certified company with capital more than 16 millions USD
  • Foreign capital can not exceed more than 50%
  • Must provide information regarding to the company’s share structure to the board of CPBL, along with full background check to avoid the 2009 dmedia T-REX game-fixing incident.

New team operational proposal

Apart from entry fee and security deposit, the new team will also need to provide the following to the board of CPBL.

  • Home strategy plan
  • Support from the local government
  • Franchise development/ operational proposal.  (Marketing, stadium, farm team, players and fans)

Domestic baseball development (Student baseball?)

  • Additional 3 million USD is required from the new team for local baseball development. (See notes at bottom – new updates)
  • CPBL will be in charge of 30% of the funding.
  • The new team will have to manage the rest of 70% based on their proposal.

Support and incentives for the new team

In order for the new team to be competitive enough, several incentives will be in place for the new teams.  Such as having extra foreign player and given the priority in the draft order.  The finer detail of the incentive plan will be up for discussion in future CPBL general assembly.

Time frame for the new team

1st Year

  • Confirmation of the new teams
  • Priority in CPBL mid-draft and end of season draft
  • Priority in claiming players on waivers

2nd Year

  • Start the season in the farm league
  • Priority in CPBL mid-draft and end of season draft
  • Priority in claiming players on waivers

3rd Year

  • Start the season in the top team.
  • 4 foreign players in the top team 26-man roster.

Updates – 29-May-2017

The League have further clarified on a few points from their press release last week.

  • Security deposit: 12 million USD, which is refundable after 5 seasons.  It won’t be cash up front, instead it will be in the method of bank guarantee.
  • Additional 3 million USD is required from the new team for local baseball development.  Again, it is not an upfront payment.  Can spread into multiple years.
  • New team entry fees: 4 million USD.  Can spread it over 2 years.

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