America's Pastime takes a BIG hit.
A lot of the respected journalists (Peter Gammons for example) who you'd normally go to for insight and decent comment about this, are coming down on the players side - 'guilty without trial' etc. Which means that either: -
1)The report is a total and utter fabrication from start to finish. (Unlikely)
2)Those reporters have been wandering around clubhouses with their eyes shut for the past twenty years. (Unlikely)
3) They knew what was happening and couldn't bring themselves to report it because they thought it might threaten their future access to the players, and they were quite happy to collude in a scandal that's going to cause Baseball irreperable harm. (Sadly, very possible)