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Baseball League Opposes Players` Union Proposal

Posted May. 01, 2009 07:23,   


The Korea Baseball Organization yesterday said it opposes the formation of a players’ union, but is open to dialogue with players on their grievances.

The organization held a board meeting to appoint former secretary-general Lee Sang-kuk, 57, as its new executive manager.

Korean Baseball Organization Commissioner Yoo Young-koo and owners of the eight pro teams expressed opposition to the proposed union, but said they are open to dialogue.

Lee had served as executive manager from December 1999 until April 2006, during which he oversaw the founding of the SK Wyverns and Kia Tigers and the negotiations for setting TV relay rights fees.

He was convicted, however, of giving illegal funds to a former lawmaker. Nonetheless, he will take office May 15 after winning approval from the general meeting and the Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry.

If approved, he will serve until the end of 2011.

Kwon Si-hyung, secretary-general of an informal group of the league’s 463 players, urged the Korean Baseball Organization to withdraw Lee’s appointment, saying he “oppressed” moves to form a players’ union in the past.

Kwon said he can accept the KBO’s offer of dialogue but will reject talks if the condition is that players give up creating a union.

A players’ group for the formation of the union will hold its first meeting Monday.