Monday, March 22, 2010

Locking the Barn Door After the Horses Have Left

More anti-corruption billboards have been popping up on the outfield fences in CPBL stadiums. Unlike the first banner, which was put up by one the teams, the latest editions have been brought out by the government. 

During the league opener in Tienmu fans were treated to a picture on the outfield fence of a man in a suit appearing to watch the field through a pair of binoculars. This, along with their actual physical presence, was how the Shilin District Prosecutors Office chose to let everyone know that they're on top of things regarding this match-fixing mess. The message cost them NT$20,000.

The next day the Tainan Prosecutors Office sponsored a similar billboard at the game in Taoyuan. Not to be outdone, the Taoyuan Prosecutors Office brought eight prosecutors and seventy police officers (including five placed high in the rafters) to watch the game. 

This year's CPBL: Everybody's Watching!

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