After the recent of exodus of Daisuke Matsuzaka for Boston, the owners in Japanese Baseball (NPB), have realized that many of their best players are leaving. It only took about 10 years for them to figure this out.
Jim Allen of the Daily Yomiuri along with Chiba manager Bobby Valentine thinks that more minor leagues will help. Some people in NPB think that they need better stadiums, ones that are more amenable to families. And everyone realizes that TV coverage (which is negotiated by each team individually) needs to be centralized.
One team executive stated that NPB's total revenue was the same in 2006 as it was in 1996. And Japan has not had zero inflation.