In addition, if the ‘number of games’ debate and 144→135G are reduced, the deficit of 10 clubs will increase by ‘33.2 billion.’

A double header was held for the first time this season at three stadiums on the 21st. It is the first time in 20 years that a double header will be held in April in the KBO League since the game between Lotte and Samsung Sajik on April 28, 2004. Recently, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) used to organize a double header only in September and October, which is the remaining period of games, but this season, if Friday and Saturday games are canceled from April, the double header will be held the next day.

Moreover, as the regular season opens a week earlier than usual this year, it is burdensome to manage pitchers in the field. With pitchers’ overall condition not improving and a number of injured players, a doubleheader will be implemented in April, which is killing the manager and pitching coach. As a result, opinions on reducing the number of games as if they were reporting from a warlord have emerged again in the field, sparking an old debate.토토사이트

While working for the baseball team, I often thought that there were 144 games per team in a season. Originally, the players of KBO clubs were not thick, but the players became thinner as the 10-team system became established. If a double header or Monday game is organized, there will inevitably be a lot of complaints in the field.

Realistically, however, however, it is almost impossible to reduce the number of games played. Each club’s deficit is around 15 billion won to 20 billion won per year, but if the number of games is reduced, the club’s income will decline accordingly. With all clubs constantly being asked by their parent companies to strengthen their self-sustainability, it is difficult to cope with the decline in income and consequent increase in deficit.

If the number of games is reduced, how much will the club’s deficit increase? Currently, 144 games (72 home games) per team is the sum of 16 games among the nine teams that play against each other, and assuming 15 games excluding one game per team, it is 135 games (based on 67 to 68 home games, 67.5 home games for convenience). If so, the decline in club income based on the number of games played is as follows. Although the amount varies from team to team, I simply calculated the decrease of 4.5 home games (72→67.5) from the overall income of each team.

Advertising revenue accounts for the biggest portion of a team’s revenue. Assuming that each team has 30 billion won per year, 4.5 fewer home games will result in a decrease of 1.87 billion won (1.78 million U.S. dollars). Next is admission revenue. If calculated at 12 billion won (12.7 million dollars) in 2023, 750 million won (620,000 dollars) will be reduced. Subsequently, broadcasting fees will generate 99 billion won (930 million dollars) in KBO League revenue, including terrestrial and wired and wireless broadcasting fees. However, if there are 4.5 fewer games, 618.75 million won (62 million dollars) per team will be reduced. Assuming 1.2 billion won, 75 million won will be reduced.

The rest of the team’s income was not considered because it was not related to the number of games played. The total amount of decrease in these four types of income will be 3.31875 billion won per team. This amounts to 41.8 percent of the average annual salary of players belonging to the 10 teams (excluding new and foreign players) in 2024. If calculated as a whole, the deficit will increase by 33.187.5 billion won per year including the total of the 10 teams.

If each club collects the amount of reduction for four years, it amounts to 13.275 billion won. This amounts to an amount that allows an S-class FA player to be contracted. It is difficult for a club to give up. As the number of games decreases, if the annual salary of players and coaching staff can be reduced, the club will accept the reduction of the number of games. However, this cannot be accepted by players and coaching staff.

Then, is there any other way to manage the squad more leisurely than to reduce the number of games.

Pitchers are overloaded rather than fielders, which is why the number of games is burdensome. Therefore, it is worth considering increasing the number of foreign players by one and using it as a bullpen pitcher. As players who participated in both the Asian Games and the Asian Professional Baseball Championship (APBC) had difficulties in their teams last year, it is also necessary to divide them into A and B teams if they have more than two international competitions planned in a year. In addition, international competitions held after the end of the regular season will be able to alleviate the overload of players’ management without early implementation of double headers or Monday games through a method consisting of players from teams that are eliminated from the postseason.

It makes sense to argue that there are many games on the field, and there is also a reason why it is difficult for a club to reduce the number of games. Therefore, it is difficult to solve the problem by adjusting the number of games, so it seems best to put our heads together and save the tomb of operation in a different way.

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