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WBSC strikes Korean rights deal for Premier12

The World Baseball Softball Confederation has awarded broadcast rights in South Korea for its new Premier12 national team competition to media group SBS.

The Seoul-based company has acquired exclusive broadcasting rights for the 2015 Premier12 across all media platforms, including online and television.

The Premier12 is being hosted by Japan and Taiwan from November 8-21. Before heading to Taiwan for the official start of the group phase, rivals South Korea and Japan will meet in a special opening fixture on November 8 at the 40,000-seat Sapporo Dome. It will be the first time in six years that the two professional national teams have met.

Japan and South Korea have been drawn in Group B alongside the United States, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Mexico. The Premier12 will feature, for the first time ever, head-to-head action between the professional national teams of the top 12 countries in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.

WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari said: “The SBS-WBSC partnership on Premier12 is another major milestone that highlights the appeal of this new flagship event – and national team competitions in our sport, in general – and further positions baseball's growth and stronghold in this key market.”