ESPN announced it has ran an agreement with Eclat Media Group regarding the KBO League – South Korea’s most popular baseball league – to exclusively televise, in English, regular-season games throughout Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean (including the Dominican Republic), Europe, Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia.
Un-Chan Chung, Commissioner of the Korea Baseball Organization, said: ‘I am pleased that the KBO league will be introduced to a broader audience. In this uncertain time, I hope our league can be a role-model to the world of sports and become a favorite brand to baseball fans globally’. Added Mitchell W. Hong, Eclat Media Group CEO: ‘We are excited to be working with ESPN to deliver baseball to more fans around the world’.
As part of the agreement, ESPN and its affiliate partners will become the English-language home for KBO League live games and highlights for the 2020 season throughout the aforementioned territories. The deal includes the postseason and the Korea Series best-of-seven championship.
Deal highlights include linear and digital rights across, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (including the Dominican Republic). In those regions, games will air across ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Play, ESPN’s multiscreen live and on-demand broadband service in the region. ESPN play-by-play voices, analysts and reporters will provide commentary in English, remotely, from their home studios in the US. ESPN baseball commentators contributing to KBO League coverage include Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi, Eduardo Perez, Jessica Mendoza and Kyle Peterson.