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Disband old one, create new one? Just use another name.

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I'd call the sport 'soccer'. After all, the foot barely touches the ball.

-19 ( +3 / -22 )

renowned American football team

Oxymoron of the day. Aside from tiny smatterings of it in Europe, American football never had been and never will be a sport taken seriously outside of the US. Why? For the simple reason that's it's boring. Overcomplicated (and ever-changing) rule set, very little action in comparison to other contact sports (6 seconds of play... followed by 2 minutes to talk about the next 6 seconds of play), and unnecessary/ineffective protective equipment for players (more pads than a you-know-who on her you-know-what).

Nihon Uni would be better served focusing their talents on a sport with more national or global appeal and respectability.

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It's pathetic. Collective punishment for nothing much at all. The physical assault on the opponent was actually a bigger issue.

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That will be tough for all the university students. It is one of the biggest sports in Japan after baseball and soccer. Hopefully they will make a comeback in the near future, so that the future professional players in Japan have a pathway to the big league.

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It's a shame that instead of a suspension, community service or an awareness campaign about drugs; that the school decided to throw away all that club and school history away because of 3 individuals. The only real losers in the scenario were the hardworking and law abiding teammates, any future student athletes who won't have the opportunity, and the fans of the game. Losing a team with a history of winning is a detriment to the growth of the sport and frankly sad to see.

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Sorry Jay but you are incorrect.

Aside from tiny smatterings of it in Europe, American football never had been and never will be a sport taken seriously outside of the US

As of September 2023 there are 74 participating countries of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) which is way more than a tiny smattering. Which is more than a third of the 195 countries in the world today
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MoonrakerToday 07:41 am JST

It's pathetic. Collective punishment for nothing much at all. The physical assault on the opponent was actually a bigger issue.

Exactly. They're not using drugs because they are members of the football club. Disbanding it makes precisely zero sense.

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I feel bad for those kids who came in on a scholar to play American Football. What will they do now? I hope this doesn't effect their ability to find a job. Those recruiters tend to look into these things and start shaming for no reason.

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I feel bad for those kids who came in on a scholar to play American Football. What will they do now? I hope this doesn't effect their ability to find a job.

Those attending the University and having nothing to do with the sport are not much better, paying full fees but graduating from an institution with a terrible reputation, at least in Japan that is going to hurt a lot their chances to find "respectable" jobs.

This is not going to be the end of the problems for the University, families are not going to take the scandal and consequences without putting out a fight.

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In 2018, the team came under fire over a dangerous tackle by one of its members in an exhibition game against Kwansei Gakuin University.

I don't want to hear about that 悪質タックル story ever again. It was national news for two weeks!

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American football never had been and never will be a sport taken seriously outside of the US. 

It's taken seriously in Canada. Thanks for playing.

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Just to be pedantic, “soccer” was originally the name adopted by the British.

There was Rugby Football and Association Football, the British with their love of weird abbreviations and colloquialisms, called Association Football “Assoc,” then “Socky,” then “Soccer.”

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Decision made by old men who are more than likely heavy smokers and heavy drinkers.

This marijuana is a dangerous drug narrative is such archiac thinking when a far worse drug (alcohol) is pedalled with impunity.

A huge historic club dismantled because of that?

Beyond sad. It's pathetic.

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I feel bad for those kids who came in on a scholar to play American Football. What will they do now? I hope this doesn't effect their ability to find a job. Those recruiters tend to look into these things and start shaming for no reason.

I do believe you have no idea how Japanese universities operate with regards to sports and scholarships. Scholarships here are for the most part, just low interest loans that the students have to pay back, and they dont get any advantages for playing the sports other than possibly getting a pass into the university.

Recruiters arent going to know a thing, unless the person personally decides to add "football" on their resume!

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It's all so stupid!

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It's taken seriously in Canada. Thanks for playing.

What do those "pros" make in the CFL? Eight hundred bucks a week and a free tank of fuel isn't really taking it seriously.

Thank you for playing.

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American Football is anything but football. It more like cowards attacking there victim from the blindside. No skill required. Stop every minute stoppages for the overweight unfit players to catch a breather. American love entertainment not sport. Look at their politics two words Ragan / Trump both wash up entertainers win the Presidency. The Uni knows this it not a storm and was looking for any excuse to rid this entertainment and replace with a real sport Rugby.

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@virusrex

Thanks for the input.

@Yubaru

Thanks for the clarification. And yes, since I personally have not gone to a Uni in Japan, I likely don't know much about the system compared to the folks on here. I understand that the scholarships are still loans that are obligated to pay, but can someone clarify as to what happens to the scholarship after the intended sport has been removed? Are there any consequences?

Recruiters arent going to know a thing, unless the person personally decides to add "football" on their resume!

I agree for the most part on what you are saying. But I have been to some group interviews where they would look at what university you went to and start bringing up unrelated things just to put you in a bad position. I witnessed another person at an interview almost cry on the spot. Luckily I didn't have to go through that because no one knew my school, but they still managed to bring up something completely unrelated to make me feel uncomfortable.

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Japan university to disband scandal-hit American football club

oh no.

nice! I got a cookie in my lunch box!

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I understand that the scholarships are still loans that are obligated to pay, but can someone clarify as to what happens to the scholarship after the intended sport has been removed? Are there any consequences?

They are still students of the school. The scholarship is not for the sport, but for the person.

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Japan out there trying to make an example out of people that use cannabis, but if we're being honest, it's not working.

There are CBD shops on every corner selling legal highs. Every major train station in Tokyo has one nearby now. If these products weren't selling, how would these entities be able to expand to such a large extent?

Their moral crusade against HHCH, although successful in the short term, is also still a failure. They set up an entire elaborate media hoax to get it banned, but new alternatives became available the second they did that.

American Football is not a sacred cow to the Japanese, more just another foreign nuisance, so it makes sense they would sacrifice it at the altar of anti drug hysteria. They wouldn't do this if it were a soccer or baseball team.

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I always enjoy the argument between soccer fans and football fans. Soccer, a sport where 'the dive' is an art form. Where players spend a lot of time standing around and watching the play, sometimes jogging pointlessly back and forth. Where 0-0 is an exciting result. Where kicking someone is considered a 'good tackle'.

Yeah. When I was growing up, strong guys played football. Fast guys played hockey. Guys who were neither strong nor fast played soccer, often with the girls.

If you think football players are unfit, you need to see the results of the NFL tryouts. 240 pound men who can run 40 yards in 4.4 seconds. Or do a 225 lb. bench press 45 times. It is a skilled and technical game that requires attention and intelligence to appreciate

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AttilathehungryToday 04:02 pm JST

Not to mention the NFL has a higher college graduation rate than the rest of the world and 100% high school graduation rate.

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The only sport that could make cricket or golf seem too excting.

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I agree Attila. American Football is a wonderful and unique sport unlike any other, barring rugby, which still has it's fair share of differences.

I am always delighted to see and hear about what's going in the underground world of Japanese football. The X-League is a bit goofy but I still appreciate the fact that people here are actually playing this sport.

At the same time, I'd actually rather it not become a global phenomenon. It's best as it is, a cornerstone of American culture in the fall and winter seasons.

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cricket [blah blah] boring....

Only the second most played sport in the world. It seems many would disagree with you. But I do agree with you regarding golf though. ;)

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American football will never reach the heights of soccer already the number one sport in the world. 3.5 billion fans.

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Just to be pedantic, “soccer” was originally the name adopted by the British.

I think it would be more accurate to say it was the name created and adopted by British poshboys, along with the name "rugger".

As kicking forms only a small part of rugby and American football, would it not be more accurate to call them "handball"?

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Never say never. Who doesn't want to run around in shoulder pads and a cool helmet?

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What do those "pros" make in the CFL? Eight hundred bucks a week and a free tank of fuel isn't really taking it seriously.

The lowest salary for CFL players is $60,000 (about ¥7,000,000) per year with an average annual salary of $100,000 (about ¥13,000,000).

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@Yubaru

Okay got it, thanks!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

How many American footballers end up with serious injuries and in a wheelchair?

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Back on topic please.

Okay got it, thanks

No problem! Football, American style, is really a minor sport here in Japan.

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I'm an American who has no interest in football; I've never even watched a game start to finish.

That being said, I think it's funny how a mere mention of the sport works some Brits/Aussies/etc. into a tizzy, like anyone cares how much they disapprove of football.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

When is Japan going to reform the outdated drug laws here?

Giving youngsters a criminal record for experimentation and inquisitiveness is too hash a punishment

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