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Taiwan: CPBL Adopts Free Agency System

TAIWAN – The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) recently announced the adoption of a free agency system with minimum salaries for the upcoming 2010 season. The CPBL has been repeatedly rocked by match-fixing allegations during its short history.

Similar to the free agency system in the professional leagues in Japan and South Korea, players in the CPBL will be eligible to become free agents after being in the league for nine years. CPBL President Chao Sho-buo told reporters the period of eligibility could begin retroactively from when Taiwan’s two professional leagues were merged in 2003.

League officials also implemented a new minimum salary of NT$70,000 ($2,167) per month for all players.

GOVERNMENT TO ASSIST BASEBALL

The Taiwanese government also unveiled a NT$2 billion ($62 million) plan to rescue the island’s favorite sport after recent game-fixing scandals nearly destroyed the professional league.

The four-year government plan is aimed at improving payment and pension schemes for professional players while offering tax incentives to corporate sponsors.

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Baseball

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