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Kansai Independent League: More financial troubles for Kobe

by on Aug.29, 2009 @ 2:26 pm, under Independent

Looks like things are so bad at the Kobe 9 Cruise right now that players won't be getting a pay check in October. The team has said it will, however, pay for August and September salaries. And it sounds like the Akashi Red Soldiers and the Kishu Rangers are thinking about defaulting on October salaries as well.

Players were originally told they would be paid 200,000yen per month between February and October, a period of 9 months. But ever since Stella announced it wouldn't be able to provide any funding and went under, the league has been struggling to stay afloat.

The Independent League schedule officially end in September and any games that take place after that will likely be practice games or exhibition match-ups.

This comes on the heals of an announcement made earlier this month that Osaka Gold Villicanes player salaries would be cut by 50% and Akashi Red Soldiers salaries cut by 30%.