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Japanese Baseball Tohoku Rakuten To Add On To Stadium In Time For Playoffs
Published October 7, 2013
ON THE RADIO: The team also launched a radio station on Oct. 3, the first from a Japanese pro sports franchise. Rakuten Eagles Radio will broadcast all of the remaining games of the regular season, playoffs and the Japan Series finals live via the California-headquartered tunein online platform. The Eagles, owned by online mall Rakuten, were formed in '04 when the merger of the Orix Blue Waves and Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes left the Pacific League with only five teams. The franchise has attracted passionate support across the Tohoku northeast region, which is struggling to recover from the '11 tsunami, with more than 160,000 people still in temporary housing. Its victory in the Pacific League has been hailed as a morale-booster for the region.
Gavin Blair is a writer in Tokyo.