Daily Updates – February 15, 2016

Gwangju Metropolitan City vs. KIA Motors Corporation (KIA Tigers)

Gwangju Metropolitan City and KIA Motors will renegotiate their lease agreement, which includes advertising and ballpark management, next month.  The 25-year lease has been placed on review after a local non-government organization condemned the agreement as special privilege.

 

Korea Anti-Doping Agency to Oversee Drug Testing of All Professional Sports

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that the Korea Anti-Doping Agency (KADA) will be taking control of drug tests for all professional sports from now on.  Furthermore, the agency will include blood testing of random players as part of their procedure.  This also means players caught using performance-enhancing drugs will be penalized directly by the agency.  Previously, each professional sport leagues have conducted their own random drug tests and hit players with their own set of penalties.

 

Voice of the Lion King Greets Local Fans

After numerous complaints about the absence of directions to the new Daegu Samsung Lions Park, the Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation (DTRO), has decided to add an announcement at Daegu Grand Park Station of Daegu Metro Line 2 beginning on February 25.  The voice of the announcement is none other than the “Lion King”, Lee Seung-yuop (이승엽), of the Samsung Lions.  The recording has already been completed.

 

Baseball Added to Korea Job World

Korea Job World has added a Sports Experience Hall.  Baseball and motor sports will be the first two sports which children and young people will be able to try out.  Korea Job World, located in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do, is a museum for children and young people set up by the Ministry of Employment and Labor.  It provides them a glimpse of various vocations and what it would be like as an employee of those professions.

Experiencing baseball at Korea Job World.

Experiencing baseball at Korea Job World. (Source: Baby News)

 

Gyeongsangbuk-do Targets Chinese Tourist Through Baseball

Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang Province) has selected 10 travel agencies who will help lure the increasing number of Chinese tourists to the province.  One of the agencies, Tour Eco World, plans to bring baseball organizations in China and possibly hold exhibition games with local clubs.

 

KIA Tigers Marketing Internship Program for College Students

The KIA Tigers are looking for eight collegians who are looking to gain work experience in sports marketing (concession, corporate social responsibility, entertainment, membership, merchandizing and public relations).  This is an unpaid position.  You MUST be fluent in Korean to participate in the program.  Application deadline is February 24.  For more information, click the source link below.

 

Premier 12 Manager Appears in Beer Commercial

A recent television commercial of Oriental Brewery (OB) features former OB/Doosan Bears manager and manager of the 2015 Premier 12 South Korean National Team, Kim In-sik (김인식).  He was the last to manage the team under the name OB.  Kim currently serves as the chairman of the KBO Official Playing Rules Committee.  There are two versions of the commercial.


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