KBL

KBL

Founded: 1997

Commisioner/Chairman: Lee Jung-dae

Founder: N/A

No. of Teams: 10

Approximate Season Schedule:

Mid-October to end of April
– Regular season: mid-October – mid-March
– Playoffs: mid-March – end of April

League Description:

Founded in 1997, the KBL now consists of 10 teams.

The regular season contains 54 games, where home and away games occupy evenly.

6 teams with the best records will compete in the playoffs

Foreign Players Rule:

The regulations for foreign basketball players in the Korea Basketball League have been changed recently. Starting from the 2019-2020 season, under the new rules, while teams may have two foreign players on their roster, only one foreign player can be on the court at any one time.
In addition, the height limitation of 200cm for tall players and 186cm for short players and the rule preventing players who have played in more than 10 games in the NBA over the past 3 seasons from playing in the KBL have been abolished.

Viewership / Attendance:

KBL has been a leader in Korean professional sports while having the most spectators – over a
million every year. The league recorded the highest seat occupancy rate among all professional sports in Korea in 2013-14 season.

Key Economics to Consider:

In 2018-19 season, the main sponsor of KBL is SK Telecom which they also owned and sponsored the KBL team Seoul SK Knights.

The other major sponsor of the league includes Hyundai Mobis, Gatorade, MBC Sports Plus, Hee Myoung Hospital and CGV.