KBO in English? It may not be familiar to Korean fans, but there’s a guy who broadcasts KBO games in English. Jason Lee is a Canadian expatriate.
He broadcasts the KBO twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the SPOTV Asia channel, which is broadcast in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. He broadcasts for about three hours by himself, with no commentators, while looking at the SPOTV broadcast screen. It’s like playing a one-man, two-woman show. In a recent interview with The Hankyoreh, Jason Lee said, “I get information about the teams through the news before the broadcast, but I can only understand about 50 to 80 percent of the articles because they are in Korean, but I try to give as much information as I can about the latest situation of the teams involved in the broadcast.”
Jason Lee was born in Busan, South Korea, but grew up in Canada when his family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. He was always interested in sports and wrestled for five years while in school. He says, “Wrestling is very cerebral. It’s important to dig into your opponent’s technique and game plan, and in that sense, it’s similar to baseball, which is a game of strategy,” he says. “When you’re a referee, there’s a lot of humanizing and trying to predict, ‘Is he going to bunt or is he going to hit a hard hitter?’ It’s a high level of psychological warfare, just like wrestling.”
His fascination with baseball began in the early 1990s when he played Major League Fantasy Baseball (a virtual baseball simulation game). Nowadays, it’s available on the internet, but back then, you had to get weekly results in the mail. I recently added Won Bin Cho ($500,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022) to my roster, and I think he’ll be in the majors in a few years.
He spent seven years as a sportscaster and reporter for Vancouver TV and local radio stations in Canada. He was also the first Asian sportscaster in Canada. His experience in international broadcasting is his best weapon. In Korea, he worked for Arirang TV and broadcasted for Busan English Broadcasting (BeFM) and Gwangju English Broadcasting (GFN), covering the Lotte Giants and Kia Tigers. While broadcasting the KBO League, he broadcasts in American style. When a home run or something like that calls for a shout-out, he’ll do it, and when he wants to keep it real, he’ll keep silent for a few seconds. “I do a lot more shouting than Korean broadcasters,” he laughs.메이저사이트
Jason Lee’s favorite KBO player is Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes). Lee is set to enter the major leagues after this season. “I think he’ll be the face of the KBO for MLB in the future,” he said.
He prides himself on promoting Korean baseball overseas. “It’s a shame that we don’t know the feedback from people in Southeast Asia. He hopes to broadcast the entire Korean Series in English. For Jason Lee, baseball is like math. After careful calculation, you have to find the right answer, so I think baseball broadcasting can be solved like math. He wants to convey the sport of baseball in a different language but give the essence of baseball to people who don’t know much about it.