Yomiuri Giants Officials Stepping Down Amid Gambling Scandal

This week it was revealed that three officials of the Japanese baseball club the Yomiuri Giants are stepping down after some of the team's players bet on the sport.

The announcement of the resignations comes after the club's reliever Kyosuke Takagi admitted to betting on the sport. There are now four Giants who have been involved in betting on baseball, although none are reported to have wagered on the games in which they participated. Those resigning from their posts include owner Kojiro Shiraishi, chairman Tsunekazu Momoi, and adviser Tsuneo Watanabe.

Commenting on the matter team president Hiroshi Kubo said, "The team humbly apologizes for causing trouble in this important time leading up to the opening of the new season on March 25."

In an investigation team pitcher Satoshi Fukuda was found to have been betting on the game with fellow pitchers Shoki Kasahara and Ryuya Matsumoto. That was considered to be the extent of the betting scandal until Takagi came forward, claiming he lost ¥500,000 and ¥600,000 betting on baseball.

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10 March 2016 - 12:13am

Obviously there are strict rules about betting when you're some kind of member in sports organisation and they have to be followed. I think these guys are like anybody else, they probably like to drink couple of beers and place some bets and I don't see nothing wrong in that if they don't cheat in some way. The rules are too strict for me.

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10 March 2016 - 1:22pm

This is a fascinating story! I went to see a sumo match when I was in Japan and my Japanese friend was telling me how there is a lot of money made off of betting on sumo matches. Sumo wrestlers will throw matches for their senpai in order to preserve that player's winning streak. It's all rigged and based on seniority. This isn't 100% relevant but I guess my point is, they have different customs.

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10 March 2016 - 2:31pm

Yeah, it's pretty taboo to bet on your own sport. Here players catch hell for betting on any sports, even if they do it in Nevada where it is legal.

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14 March 2016 - 1:05pm

As long as they never bet on their matches, I think it will be OK but again rules are RULES. Anyway, how does an owner resign? sell the club?