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ESPN to televise 6 KBO baseball games per week

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Opening day is Tuesday (Monday night)

LG Twins v Doosan Bears - Preseason Game Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

ESPN reached a deal with the KBO League in South Korea to televise six games per week in the United States, the network announced on Monday.

Opening day is Tuesday in South Korea with five games on the schedule, and ESPN will televise the NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions. Because it’s a day game in South Korea, it starts at 10 p.m. PT. The night games will end up being shown overnight in the U.S.

ESPN says they will televise one game Tuesday through Sunday, Eastern time, each week, and most of the games will be on ESPN2 and the ESPN app, with announcers calling the game in English from their home studios. The opening day game will be on ESPN, with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez on the call.

“The KBO League is one of the greatest baseball leagues with world-class players and many exciting initiatives,” KBO commissioner Un-Chan Chung said in a statement. “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.”

Here’s a thread of information about all 10 teams in the KBO, if you’re looking for a team to root for:

The live games generally will be televised in the U.S. at 2:30 a.m. PT Tuesday through Friday, 1 a.m. Saturday, and 10 p.m. Saturday night (the latter day games on Sunday in South Korea).

Here is the schedule for the first week of games.

ESPN KBO first week schedule

Date Time (PT) Game Network Announcers
Date Time (PT) Game Network Announcers
Mon, May 4 10 p.m. NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions ESPN Karl Ravech & Eduardo Perez
Wed, May 6 2:30 a.m. Doosan Bears vs. LG Twins ESPN2 Karl Ravech & Eduardo Perez
Thu, May 7 2:30 a.m. NC Dinos vs. Samsung Lions ESPN2 Karl Ravech & Eduardo Perez
Fri, May 8 2:30 a.m. KIA Tigers vs. Samsung Lions ESPN2 Jon Sciambi & Kyle Peterson
Sat, May 9 1 a.m. LG Twins vs. NC Dinos ESPN2 Jon Sciambi & Jessica Mendoza
Sat, May 9 10 p.m. LG Twins vs. NC Dinos ESPN2 Jon Sciambi & Jessica Mendoza

The games will generally be replayed on ESPN2 during the day as well. The Monday night game, for instance, will be replayed Tuesday at 9 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. PT.

KBO links