For baseball-starved fans, the KBO is a lifeline. The league broadcasts intra-team games live on YouTube, and ESPN brings in top announcers like Jon Sciambi, Jessica Mendoza, and Karl Ravech.
It may be hard to catch the games with the US time difference, but it’s a real sports relief while MLB’s season gets delayed.
ESPN televises KBO games
ESPN reached a deal with Eclat Media Group to televise live games from the Korea Baseball Organization through the 2020 season. The agreement will make ESPN the exclusive English-language home of KBO League games, including the postseason and best-of-seven championship series.
The network is receiving the games from South Korea, and ESPN announcers, including Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Boog Sciambi, and Jessica Mendoza, will call them remotely from their home quarantine studios. ESPN will broadcast six KBO games each week, but the game times won’t be ideal for American viewers.
While it’s not MLB, the games will be a welcome sight for a sports-starved nation. And it’s worth noting that, unlike the canceled spring training and postponed games during the pandemic, the KBO has been able to reopen its regular season. It’s a testament to the league that it can maintain its schedule while other professional sports continue to struggle with reopening plans. It is still not clear when Major League Baseball will reopen, but the relaunch of the KBO is encouraging news for many fans.
YouTube streams KBO games
Unlike MLB, the KBO’s regular season is just 144 games. The top three finishers also play a best-of-seven Korean Series to determine the champion. This format makes the Korean Series much more volatile than the American version. As a result, teams are more likely to lose ground in the standings after losing a game.
Another difference is that the KBO allows foreign players on its roster. Many former MLB players have found success in the league, and some have even used a successful stint in KBO as a springboard to an MLB contract.
In addition to ESPN’s televising of KBO games, the league also streams them on its website and mobile app. The games can be watched without cable, although users must log in with their cable company username and password. In addition to this, the KBO also offers an official app that allows viewers to watch games in English. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play store.
KBO teams stream preseason games
While MLB cancels its regular season and spring training due to the coronavirus outbreak, KBO teams are playing intrasquad games and streaming them live on YouTube. They are using this as a way to satisfy fans starved for baseball while they wait for the regular season to start.
While the league is not a household name in the United States, it has produced several MLB stars, including 2019 All-Star Hyun-jin Ryu and former St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim. The league also has a strong history of attracting American players, such as first baseman Eric Thames, who starred with the NC Dinos before joining the Washington Nationals in 2017.
KBO has 10 teams, each named after a large corporation. The most popular are the KT Wiz, Samsung Lions, LG Twins and Hanwha Eagles. Other teams include the SK Wyverns, Kiwoom Heroes and Doosan Bears. Each team plays 144 games each season. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
KBO teams are streaming games
While Major League Baseball continues to negotiate a return to its regular season, the KBO has been playing live games in South Korea. ESPN has been broadcasting these games to American audiences, and many of the teams have been streaming their own home preseason games on YouTube.
The league’s 10 teams play each other 16 times during the regular season, and the top four teams advance to the playoffs. The final game is called the Korean Series and is played over five days. Teams that win the series are crowned champions.
KBO has a lot in common with MLB, but it’s also different. For one, the regular season lasts 144 games instead of MLB’s 162-game schedule. Another difference is that players are much less likely to argue with umpires. In fact, outfielder Aaron Altherr of the NC Dinos says that this is a big difference from the MLB, where players are frequently ejected for aggressively disputing umpire calls. 한국야구실시간