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Local company chosen to provide official KBO baseball

A baseball manufactured by local company Skyline Sports will be the official ball for the nation’s top-tier professional baseball league next season, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said on Tuesday

The KBO said that the Skyline AAK-100 will be used from 2016 to 2017 in KBO League preseason games, regular season games and in the postseason. The KBO added that Skyline received the highest evaluation in tests conducted in August.

The KBO decided to use uniform balls after concerns were raised this year that teams were using different baseballs in their games and some didn’t meet the league’s standards.

The KBO, meanwhile, said that the ILB IA-100 baseball, which is manufactured by ILB, the second highest evaluated, will be used in its second-tier KBO Futures League.

The KBO said that it will conduct tests on the new baseball regularly. If the manufacturers’ products are found not to meet the quality standards and the companies don’t have enough inventory for three months, they will be fined.

The KBO said that if suppliers violate rules four times in two years, the contract will be terminated.


KLPGA to reduce players’ prize money levy to 6%

The Korea Ladies Professional Golfers Association (KLPGA) announced on Tuesday that it will lower the levy it takes from golfers’ prize money collected in its tour events.

The KLPGA at an emergency board meeting on Monday revised its rule to lower the levy from 6.7 percent to 6 percent. It also decided not to take money from events that are not counted as KLPGA Tour events.

Whenever golfers participate in local events, the KLPGA has been charging a levy on their prize money in the name of a “development fund” to finance its operation and the welfare of players. The issue recently caused controversy when the KLPGA levied players’ prize money from the ING Champions Trophy, which is not part of the KLPGA Tour events.

For non-KLPGA members, the KLPGA has been levying 10 percent of their prize money. The association said it will soon decide the rate for non-KLPGA members.

In the U.S. LPGA Tour, the association has been levying 6 percent on prize money regardless of their membership. In Japan, its rate is 5 percent.

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