Jim Allen of the Daily Yomiuri applauds Japan's Central League for adopting a playoff system for 2007 similar to the "junior" Pacific League. Additionally, there could be a bit of a change to the Japan Series.
The most interesting suggestion came from one of the IT-powered PL clubs, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who suggested selling the Japan Series' naming rights, as well.
This is a significant step, not because of the cash such a sale would bring, but because of the notion that the event can be more than it currently is. The very idea that the Series might be transformed into something different is a novel concept in Japan, where things often stay the same for no other reason than fear of criticism.
Japanese pro ball needs to see its traditions in a new light if it is to thrive.
Traditions should be baseball's guide, not its ball and chain.