KT took a big step forward in getting the 10th KBO team recently.
KT is locked in a battle with another Korean corporation Booyoung for the 10th franchise in the league. Both companies have applied for the franchise, but KT received more positive reviews from the 22 evaluators that looked over the applications this week.
Both companies are trying to bring a team back to an area where teams have failed in the past. KT has teamed with the city of Suwon where they would base their new team. Suwon was the former home of the Hyundai Unicorns. Booyoung is looking to bring the new franchise to Jeonju, North Jeolla Province where the Ssangbangwool Raiders were once located.
There are two sides to the argument of adding a 10th team. One side is looking for this to happen quickly. In 2013, there will be nine teams in the KBO creating scheduling problems. So in order to fix that, many people want to add the 10th team as soon as possible to even out the league and the schedule.
On the flip side of things are those who feel 10 teams will only dilute the talent pool in the KBO making the league suffer a bit in the long run. Right now the league is experiencing record attendance, but many fear if the talent is diluted too much it will drive away fans with the poor play.
Under the league’s rules, expansion is only possible with approval of at least two-thirds of the teams owners. Officials from the league have said they hope to finish the process in January.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.