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Play ball: Korean baseball league begins in empty stadiums, ESPN to broadcast games

Play ball: Korean baseball league begins in empty stadiums, ESPN to broadcast games
Play ball: Korean baseball league begins in empty stadiums, ESPN to broadcast games
Posted at 2:02 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 14:04:36-04

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new baseball season has begun in South Korea with the crack of the bat and the sound of the ball smacking into the catcher's mitt echoing around empty stadiums.

Umpires wore protective masks and cheerleaders danced beneath rows of unoccupied seats as professional baseball got back on the field after a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic.

ESPN announced that they will broadcast the games.

Games will air on ESPN2 at 5:30 a.m. ET from Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 a.m. ET on Saturdays and 1 a.m. ET on Sundays, ESPN reported.

There were many faces in the stands in at least one stadium but they were pictures instead of real people because fans aren't allowed into the venues.

The country's professional soccer leagues will kick off Friday.

They will also play without spectators in the stadiums.