Earlier this week, ESPN announced a new deal with the Korean Baseball Organization that they would air one Korean baseball game a day for six days of the week. For some people, this might not seem like a big deal. However, to the sports fans that are looking for any live sports to watch, this is incredible news.
South Korea has done a great job dealing with Coronavirus, and live sports were able to make a comeback. There are some changes, however. Fans are not allowed in the stadium to watch the games, so it’s a change in the atmosphere from the way we are used to seeing sports. Additionally, the players aren’t allowed to spit on the field. In the MLB, players are chewing sunflower seeds and spitting basically every second but players in the KBO are no longer allowed to do that to make sure Coronavirus does not spread throughout the league. High-fives are also discouraged. For MLB fans that tune into games, they might notice some different things as well. Bat Flips are seen all the time in KBO games when home runs are hit, but in the MLB, some people also do not find bat flips appropriate. The pace of play also seems to be a lot more sped up in KBO games compared to the MLB.
There is one issue with watching these games for sports fans in America. If fans want to watch, they will probably have to mess up their sleeping schedules with games starting between 1 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. To me, a die-hard sports fan, this wasn’t a significant issue. I stayed up for the 1 a.m. game on Tuesday morning between the NC Dinos and Samsung Lions, and I was so happy. I couldn’t believe I was watching live sports again. As we wait for more news on professional sports in the U.S., it is great to finally have something to watch again besides old reruns of games.