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SBD Global/December 12, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

South Korean Baseball To Add 10th Club In Town To Be Named Later

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The Korea Baseball Organization "finally gave the green light to the creation" of a 10th club on Tuesday, giving in to "months of pressure by players, who recently resumed threatening a host of collective actions" including boycotting the upcoming World Baseball Classic, according to Moon Gwang-lip of the KOREA JOONGANG DAILY. The decision to create a 10th team, "reached unanimously at a hurriedly arranged KBO directors' meeting, was made hours before the Golden Glove award ceremony," which the Korea Professional Baseball Players’ Association had also threatened to skip. The KBO said in a statement: "Currently, our country has not had a sufficient environment to create a 10th baseball club. But to resolve the imbalance in the operation of the league and consider the hopes of the baseball community and fans, we decided to approach the issue from a broader point of view and create a 10th club early." When exactly the 10th team will debut "has yet to be determined," but officials said that it would likely be in '15 (KOREA JOONGANG DAILY, 12/12). In Seoul, Kang Seung-woo noted the KBO "will soon receive applications for the new team, and a board meeting will decide on it by early next year after evaluating the candidates." The city of Suwon "is teaming up" with telecom giant KT, while North Jeolla province and constructor Booyoung Group "are competing to provide a home" for the 10th club (KOREA TIMES, 12/11).
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