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KBO preparing for May 1st opening day


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 05: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Pitcher Lee Sang-Young of LG Twins throw a ball during their intra-team game to be broadcasted online for their fans at a empty Jamshil baseball stadium as South Koreans take measures to protect themselves against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 05, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea has called for expanded public participation in social distancing, as the country witnesses a wave of community spread and imported infections leading to a resurgence in new cases of COVID-19. According to the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday, 81 new cases were reported. The total number of infections in the nation tallies at 10,237. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

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DKTV’s Daniel Kim reports that South Korea’s KBO is moving to begin its season on May 1st.

The news comes after Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun’s announcement that sports can take place without fans present. Although the KBO has not officially set May 1st as its targeted date for resumed play, an announcement was already expected sometime early this week.

The KBO would be the second major league to resume play after Taiwan’s CPBL, which has already found itself to be something of an international source of interest. The Korean league is generally regarded as having a higher level of play. ESPN has already approached the KBO about possible broadcasting rights, as the network (and all sports media for that matter) are hurting due to the lack of live content.

For the uninitiated, the KBO is made up of ten teams and has generally had a high run-scoring environment. Games are usually lively affairs, although not having fans in the stands would likely change that. The Doosan Bears of Seoul are the reigning champions, and finished as the runners-up the two seasons prior to last.

Obviously, any baseball is more than welcome right now. The KBO is a pretty good time and it will be exciting if there’s a way to stream it.

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