This extends to the bj-league.
"It does seem that most Japanese media, newspapers, TV, do shy away from reporting negative stories and quotes," a hoop insider told me. "It's the gossip magazines and tabloids that always seem to cover the negative side of what is going on, and then main stream media can cover the story.
"A shame that the league won't step up and demand open access, or fine/penalize teams that refuse media access.
"But as you have mentioned, I think, the new online and other non-traditional media outlets take some time for people to get used to, especially if their role becomes something other than just another cheerleader in the room."
The general public loses. People are less informed than they should/could be.