Now You Can Watch Live Pro Baseball Six Days a Week

Dan Mennella
May 04, 2020 - 11:48 am

Professional baseball is back on TV for fans starved of sports during the coronavirus crisis.

ESPN announced its networks will exclusively air Korean Baseball Organization games six days per week throughout its season, as well as its postseason and the Korea Series, beginning with Tuesday's opening day.

"We're thrilled to become the exclusive English-language home to the KBO League and to showcase its compelling action and high-level of competition," said ESPN programming executive Burke Magnus. "We have a long-standing history of documenting the game of baseball, and we're excited to deliver these live events to sports fans."

The move comes amid lingering uncertainty about the return of Major League Baseball, which is reportedly considering a variety of plans and proposals to begin its season, which was suspended two weeks before Opening Day.

The KBO season is set to begin amid praise for South Korea's response to the coronavirus crisis. The country had about 250 deaths as of the first week in May, and was said to have learned tough lessons after it was hit hard by a MERS outbreak in 2015.

"During this unprecedented and difficult time, I hope the KBO League can bring consolation to the communities and provide guidelines to the world of sports," said KBO commissioner Un-Chan Chung. "I am pleased that the KBO League can be introduced globally and hope this can be an opportunity for the development of our league and the sport."

The first KBO game to air will be between the NC Dinos and Samsung Lions at 1 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Games will then air regularly on weekday mornings at 5:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday through Thursday, then at 4 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday. Most games will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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