The Japan Times banned from BJ-League

The Basketball Japan League (JB-League) revoked The Japan Times from their media access for the 2013-2014 season.

A letter to The Japan Times from league commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi and league president Hidemitsu Nakano stated The Japan Times will not be granted season credentials or single-game passes due to a dispute over an article by beat writer Ed Odeven.

Odeven is the official JB-League beat writer for The Japan Times who have been covering league news since its birth in 2005.

On July 12, 2013, Odeven broke a story about a BJ-League team’s plans to fold from the League. A source very close to The Japan Times revealed that the Kyoto Hannaryz will stay only one more year in the BJ-league allegedly switching over the new and improved National Basketball League (formerly known as Japan Basketball League).

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In the past three seasons, three different clubs have either folded or switched over the NBL.

The Japan Times plans to continue covering the BJ-League throughout the year.

You can follow Ed Odeven on twitter @ed_odeven.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of

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