It seems all the Independent Leagues are feeling some heat with the news that 8 players on the Osaka Gold Villicanes placed bets on NPB games.
Osaka competed in the Kansai Independent League (KIL) last year and the KIL is concerned that the news could have a negative impact on the already low attendance figures.
"This is awful because it damages our name. And we're already having financial problems, this could lead to even fewer fans supporting us," Said league rep Atsumi Torii (鳥居厚生). "I think we'll [ultimately] be ok, but something [bad] could come out of the this."
Each of the teams in the KIL will likely conduct internal investigations of their own to see if there are any problems.
The Island League also isn't sitting idly by. They are planning on holding an emergency meeting on the 26th to discuss whether or not to keep Inter-league games between the IL and the Japan Future Baseball League (JFBL) on their schedule.
Said Island League CEO Makoto Kagiyama, "The fact that they were betting on the NPB, the very league we're all chasing, upsets me greatly."
The Girls Pro Baseball League (GPBL) is also thinking about launching an internal investigation to make sure everything is ok with their league.
And of course, there is the JFBL itself. With 8 of Osaka's 20 players no longer on the team, they will need to figure out how to get by on just 12 players (at least until they are able to find replacements). And while the JFBL went on record during a press conference on Friday stating that Mie Three Arrow players were found to be clean after an internal investigation, that may not be enough to keep fans from leaving.
The future of the JFBL could be in serious jeopardy.