Fukuoka team plans to join bj-league after dropping out of JBL


The Fukuoka Red Falcons revealed their intention Friday to join the bj-league, Japan’s first professional basketball league, a day after pulling out of the Super League.

Fukuoka president Yukio Funada said the club will shortly file an application to join the bj-league after the cash-strapped professional team found it difficult to continue its operations in the Super League, the top flight of the Japan Basketball League.

On Thursday, the JBL approved Fukuoka’s withdrawal in the middle of the season following the revelation late last month that the players at the club were in arrears on their salary payments.

Funada has said he plans to set up a new company to run a revamped Fukuoka-based club after liquidating the current company.

Fukuoka joined the predominantly amateur Super League last year and was 0-14 after the first half of its first season in the eight-team league.