Following the announcement of a new media partnership between ESPN and the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), sports fans, oddsmakers, and sportsbooks around the world are shifting their focus to providing odds for South Korea’s international baseball league.
ESPN finalized a deal with Eclat Media Group to broadcast KBO games live throughout the regular season, postseason, and Korea Series. Starting on May 4, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. PST, the KBO season will air live on ESPN. The sports network’s first matchup features the NC Dinos visiting the Samsung Lions on opening night at their home park in Daegu, South Korea.
The Korean Baseball League is coming to ESPN ⚾ pic.twitter.com/m5rVvQs7hv
— ESPN (@espn) May 4, 2020
Un-Chan Chung, the Commissioner of the KBO, shared the following statement about the new partnership with ESPN.
“The KBO League is one of the greatest baseball leagues with world-class players and many exciting initiatives. 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. 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.”
Check out the KBO’s opening day schedule below.
KBO Opening Day Schedule
- Kiwoom Heroes @ Kia Tigers
- Gwangju-Kia Champions Field
- Gwangju, South Korea
- Lotte Giants @ KT Wiz Suwon
- Suwon Baseball Stadium
- Suwon-si, South Korea
- Doosan Bears @ LG Twins
- Jamsil Baseball Stadium
- Seoul, South Korea
- NC Dinos @ Samsung Lions
- Daegu Samsung Lions Park
- Daegu, South Korea
- Hanwa Eagles @ SK Wyverns
- Munhak Baseball Stadium
- Incheon, South Korea
KBO Games Air Live on ESPN This Week
ESPN plans to televise six KBO games live each week. Each game airing live on ESPN during the KBO’s opening week will also be rebroadcast two times after it initially airs. See the full schedule below for rebroadcast times.
Opening Odds on KBO’s 2020 Korea Series Winner
Although sportsbooks and casinos are currently closed in Las Vegas, some companies have continued booking action on international sporting events via their proprietary mobile apps. Circa Sports released odds on each team winning the Korea Series (a best-of-seven championship taking place in mid-November).
Below are the odds offered in Las Vegas, NV, on which team will win the 2020 Korean Series. Please note that odds may have changed since this post was first published.
2020 Korean Series Odds
Odds via Circa Sports Mobile Betting App
- Doosan Bears
- Kiwoom Heroes
- SK Wyverns
- NC Dinos
- Kia Tigers
- LG Twins
- KT Wiz
- Samsung Lions
- Lotte Giants
- Hanwha Eagles
The KBO regular season consists of 144 games, so baseball fans and sports bettors alike will have plenty of time to get acquainted with the players from each of the league’s 10 teams.
Let us know which team you think will take home the championship in the comments section below. More importantly: Who has the coolest mascot? In my opinion, the season doesn’t officially begin until the first staged mascot fight.