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    South Korean baseball league grabs spotlight amid sports shutdown

    May 5, 2020

    BRISTOL, Connecticut — ESPN will begin airing six regular-season games per week from South Korea's KBO baseball league.

    The agreement with Eclat Media Group was announced Monday, the day before the league is scheduled to open its season.

    A TV cameraman films in the empty stadium during the preseason game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul.

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    The first game featuring the NC Dinos taking on the Samsung Lions will air at 1 a.m. EDT Tuesday. Games will air regularly Tuesday through Friday at 5:30 a.m. EDT, Saturday at 4 a.m. EDT, and Sunday at 1 a.m. EDT. Most will be on ESPN2.

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    The defending Korea Series champion Doosan Bears will be on Wednesday against the LG Twins while the 11-time league champion KIA Tigers take on the Lions on Friday.

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    ‘Corona 19 Out’ is written on the helmet of coach Kim Ho as the LG Twins play a preseason game against the Doosan Bears in Seoul.

    The agreement includes the postseason and the Korea Series best-of-seven championship. The schedule and where ESPN airs them is subject to change pending the status of other leagues whose schedules have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

    ESPN announcers will provide commentary in English from their home studios. Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez will do three games this week, including the opener. Jon Sciambi, Jessica Mendoza and Kyle Peterson will also call games.


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