ESPN Goes Outside Its Usual Strike Zone, Setting South Korean Baseball Rights Deal

Sports-starved ESPN has reached a deal with Eclat Media Group to televise six weekly games played by the Korean Baseball Organization. The U. S. rights deal will kick off at 1AM ET on Tuesday with an opening-day telecast on ESPN, with a lead-in from SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt. Major League Baseball, which typically supplies dozens of hours of weekly programming to ESPN, has been sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, along with other college and pro sports. South Korea has won acclaim for how it has managed the pandemic, emerging on the other side with a more sustained reopening than other parts of Asia.

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