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A sports podcast from Japan. Hosted by Ed Odeven, Jack Gallagher and Galileo Ferrari.

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A sports podcast from Japan. Hosted by Ed Odeven, Jack Gallagher and Galileo Ferrari.

    #12 Sports Talk ― Matt Beyer Outlines Ambitious Vision for East Asia Super League

    #12 Sports Talk ― Matt Beyer Outlines Ambitious Vision for East Asia Super League

    Matt Beyer believes now’s the right time to launch a regional pro basketball league in East Asia. He says it’s an untapped market and the potential for quality competition in the East Asia Super League (EASL) is great.The EASL, featuring eight teams for the first season in 2022-23, will give fans opportunities to attend games throughout the region. Top teams in Japan’s B.League (Utsunomiya Brex, Ryukyu Golden Kings), Philippines Basketball Association (two TBD teams), Korean Basketball League (Anyang KGC, Seoul SK Knights), Taiwan’s P. League+ (Taipei Fubon Braves) and Hong Kong’s Bay Area Dragons (an expansion team that will be based in Manila due to COVID-19 travel restrictions) will be divided into a pair of four-team groups and play home-and-away series to kick off the inaugural season.



    As the EASL’s chief executive, Beyer has cultivated relationships with the NBA and FIBA. He talks about his relationship with Yao Ming’s former agent, Bill Duffy, who has had an influential role in his career.Beyer, the first foreigner to be certified as a basketball agent in China, enthusiastically describes how the EASL’s plans for an in-depth reality series about its inaugural season is one example of the league’s robust marketing strategy.



    The American-born sports executive has a never-wavering commitment for the EASL to become one of the world’s top three basketball leagues, including the involvement of former NBA players as investors in the league. He explains how the upstart league can take concrete steps to make it happen.







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    * #11 Sports Talk ― Motofumi Iguchi Delivers Informed Analysis Of B.League* #9 Sports Talk ― Luke Evans Finds A Second Home In Japan’s Basketball World* #8 Sports Talk ― Shawn Dennis On The Challenge Of Building Winning Culture With Nagoya* #6 Sports Talk ― Rich Glesmann Builds Foundation For Ibaraki Robots In The B. League



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    Author: Ed Odeven



    Follow Ed on JAPAN Forward's [Japan Sports Notebook] here on Sundays, in [Odds and Evens] here during the week, and Twitter @ed_odeven and find him on JAPAN Forward’s dedicated sports website,

    • 53 min
    #11 Sports Talk ― Motofumi Iguchi Delivers Informed Analysis of B.League

    #11 Sports Talk ― Motofumi Iguchi Delivers Informed Analysis of B.League

    Motofumi Iguchi is an authoritative voice on Japanese basketball, and shared many thoughts about the evolution of the pro game in a wide-ranging conversation on June 22.



    A former college basketball player, FIBA agent and front-office staff member for several pro teams, Iguchi brings a well-rounded background to his current work. He’s a busy broadcaster dishing out live commentary during B.League games and providing insights throughout the year on a variety of TV and online programs.



    Demonstrating his love for the sport and his deep wealth of insider knowledge, Iguchi highlights the current crop of young Japanese head coaches in the B.League and shares his views on top up-and-coming Japanese players. 



    Iguchi also offers viewpoints on the Asian Quota system and how it has helped the B.League, the pluses and minuses tied to the start of Toto’s game wagering for basketball in the upcoming B.League season, and the overhaul of the league (with team revenue one of the focal points) before the 2026-27 season, among other topics.







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    * #9 Sports Talk ― Luke Evans Finds A Second Home In Japan’s Basketball World* #8 Sports Talk ― Shawn Dennis On The Challenge Of Building Winning Culture With Nagoya* #6 Sports Talk ― Rich Glesmann Builds Foundation For Ibaraki Robots In The B. League* #5 Sports Talk ー Tom Hovasse Raises The Stakes For Japanese Basketball



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    Author: Ed Odeven

    • 53 min
    #10 Sports Talk ― Baseball Banter with Jim Armstrong as NPB’s Interleague Play Dominates the Headlines

    #10 Sports Talk ― Baseball Banter with Jim Armstrong as NPB’s Interleague Play Dominates the Headlines

    Listen in as Jim Armstrong rejoins the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion about the NPB season, including perspective on Chiba Lotte Marines hurler Roki Sasaki’s season to date. 



    Sasaki, whose perfect game on April 10 received global attention, recorded his first loss of 2022 in a rough outing against the Yomiuri Giants on Friday, June 3.



    The conversation also highlighted the ongoing interleague portion of the schedule, as well as banner performances so far this season by Giants rookie closer Taisei Ota, Yokohama DeNA BayStars second baseman Shugo Maki and Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters outfielder Go Matsumoto.



    The discussion also shifted to talk about Orix Buffaloes reliever Yoshihisa Hirano recently collecting his 200th NPB save, making him only the seventh player to so, and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles hurler Masahiro Tanaka’s solid start to the season.







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    * [NPB NOTEBOOK] Giants Rough Up Roki Sasaki In Marquee Interleague Showdown* Roki Sasaki’s Perfect Streak Ends Quickly, But The 20-Year-Old Still Gets The Win



    Author: Ed Odeven



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    • 33 min
    #9 Sports Talk ― Luke Evans Finds a Second Home in Japan’s Basketball World

    #9 Sports Talk ― Luke Evans Finds a Second Home in Japan’s Basketball World

    Luke Evans, who has plied his craft in Japan for nearly a decade, recently became a naturalized citizen, and he discusses the thrill of playing for the Japan men’s national basketball team under head coach Tom Hovasse earlier this year.



    The veteran forward’s team, the Fighting Eagles Nagoya, had the best overall regular-season record (42-8) in B2 and advanced to the playoff finals, earning promotion to B1 for 2022-23.The California native shares insights about the Fighting Eagles’ strong lineup, head coach Taizo Kawabe’s capable leadership and playing at California Baptist University before launching his pro career in 2013.The interview was recorded before Nagoya faced the Sendai 89ers in the best-of-three B2 finals on May 20-22. The Fighting Eagles won the playoff series with a 75-44 rout in Game 3.







    RELATED ARTICLES:



    * Kawasaki, Ryukyu, Utsunomiya And Shimane Advance To B.League Playoff Semifinals* [ODDS And EVENS] Nagasaki Velca Establish Winning Tradition In Sensational Inaugural Season* Koshigaya Alphas Set Home Attendance Mark In Loss To Sendai 89ers* [JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Dai Oketani Displays Coaching Chops In The Midst Of Storybook Season* Japan Men's Basketball Coach Tom Hovasse Reflects On Olympic Experience, New Goals



    Follow Ed on JAPAN Forward's [Japan Sports Notebook] on Sundays, in [Odds and Evens] during the week, and on Twitter @ed_odeven .







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    • 37 min
    #8 Sports Talk ― Shawn Dennis on the Challenge of Building Winning Culture with Nagoya

    #8 Sports Talk ― Shawn Dennis on the Challenge of Building Winning Culture with Nagoya

    Listen in as veteran basketball coach Shawn Dennis of the B. League’s Nagoya Diamond Dolphins shares stories about his playing days in Australia, love of competition and camaraderie in sports, and trademarks of his approach to coaching.Dennis weighs in on the growth of the B. League since its launch in 2016. It’s his first year in Nagoya and he shares perceptions about his team as the playoffs approach, while also providing an insider’s look at favorite Yuta Tabuse’s popularity throughout the country.







    RELATED ARTICLES:



    * Koshigaya Alphas Set Home Attendance Mark In Loss To Sendai 89ers* Alvark Tokyo Hold Off Pesky Gunma Crane Thunders To Complete Series Sweep* [JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] Dai Oketani Displays Coaching Chops In The Midst Of Storybook Season* Kyoto Hannaryz Rally Past SeaHorses Mikawa In Second Half



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    Author: Ed Odeven



    Follow Ed on JAPAN Forward's [Japan Sports Notebook] here on Sundays, in [Odds and Evens] here during the week, and Twitter @ed_odeven and find him on JAPAN Forward’s dedicated sports website, SportsLook.

    • 43 min
    #7 Sports Talk ― Jim Armstrong Discusses New Fighters Manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s Leadership Style

    #7 Sports Talk ― Jim Armstrong Discusses New Fighters Manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s Leadership Style

    Easygoing, quirky and a hands-on skipper, Shinjo is a breath of fresh air in Nippon Professional Baseball, which often appears set in its ways, the veteran sports reporter points out.

    • 21 min

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