Sports can deliver the addictive qualities of a drug, and sports helps to unite all sorts of people. Chang-won has one soccer team, one baseball team and one basketball team.
1. NC Dinos.
The NC Dinos, the ninth club in Korean professional baseball, has became the talk of the town among baseball media and fans. The Dinos, established in 2011, are based in Changwon. The newly remodeled Masan Baseball Stadium is used for home games. The team got its nickname “Dinos” because there are many dinosaur fossils found in the region. NC Soft, a famous Korean game company, runs the team. The club gained approval from the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), and officially became a member of the Korean Professional Baseball League 3 years ago. It was the first expansion since 1991, when the KBO expanded to eight teams. The Dinos had their home debut on April 14. Kim Kyung-moon is the manager of the team. Former manager of the Doosan Bears, Kim is famous for leading the Korean national team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Korea won the gold medal, defeating Cuba. Under Kim’s leadership, the Dinos are leading the league and creating a new baseball boom in the southeastern region of the peninsula. Meanwhile, the NC Dinos now rank number two in the league.
2. LG Sakers.
The LG Sakers are a basketball team located in Chang-won. The team's main sponsor is LG Electronics. The team was first established in the second season of the KBL in 1997, and was titled the Gyeong-nam LG Sakers. This was changed for its second season to the Changwon LG Sakers, and has been so for fifteen seasons. The team plays at Changwon Stadium, which has a capacity of approximately 5,500 people. The LG Sakers won the championship on March 9. The Sakers were able to beat the Busan KT Sonicboom 95-85, giving them a record of 40 wins and 14 losses, tied with the Ulsan Mobis Phoebus. But with LG having a better head to head record, LG claimed their first title in team history.
3. Gyeongnam FC
Gyeongnam FC is Chang-won’s K-League soccer team. The K-League consists of 16 publicly or privately owned teams. Gyeongnam FC is sponsored by the STX Corporation and Gyeong-nam Bank. The team has existed since 2006, and in 2010, the team relocated to the newly built Changwon Football Center. They wear red, black, and white, and often use the Rose in their marketing. This year’s slogan is “the War of the Roses”. Gyeong-nam FC finished 12th place in their first season, and achieved third place in the Hauzen Cup. Before the start of the 2008 season, Cho Kwang-Rae, from Jinju, was appointed manager. Gyeongnam FC improved under his management. They reached the Korean FA Cup 2008 final thanks to Kim Dong-Chan's continuous scoring, including a hat-trick in the semifinal, but they were defeated by the Pohang Steelers, thus failing to enter the AFC Champions League. On 12 May 2013, Gyeongnam FC earned their 100th victory in the K-League.
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