Posted March. 06, 2006 03:01,
Korea has secured eight percent of the World Baseball Classics (WBC) total prize money, including the three percent it gets for making the final eight, as of Saturday.
The WBC organization committee divides its total earnings into net profit (53 percent) and prize money (47 percent). Out of the 53 percent net profit share, Major League Baseball International and the Baseball Players Union each receive 17.5 percent; the Japanese Baseball Organization will get 7 percent; and the Korean Baseball Organization and Korean Baseball Union will each take five percent, leaving one percent for miscellaneous expenses.
Of the 47 percent prize money share, the eight teams that drop out of preliminaries will each receive one percent, the four teams that drop out of the second round each receive three percent, the winning team receives 10 percent, the runner-up receives seven percent, and the two semi-finalists each receive five percent.
Kim Dong-jus left shoulder injury against Taiwan is reported to be more serious than once thought. We were able to put back his dislocated shoulder, but there was also a bone fracture. He will go to the U.S. for surgery, said Koreas manager Kim In-sik. According to the diagnosis, it will take at least three months of rehabilitation to recover.
The Korean national team will leave for the U.S. after its preliminary match against Japan on March 5. The team will set up camp in Peoria, Arizona; and have practice games against the Kansas City Royals on March 9, and the San Diego Padres on March 11. The main round will begin on March 13 in Anaheim, California.