WBC Television Ratings a Boom in Japan; Korea Intoxicated by Success

The WBC game between Japan and Brazil was watched by one third of all televisions in Japan.  The rating topped all the 2012 Olympic events.  You can read about it here: http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2013/03/09/one-third-of-all-tvs-on-in-japan-tuned-to-world-ba/61f95ced-a33f-498a-ade5-ffef134765b3

And the failure of Korea was blamed on Korean players intoxicated with their own success, with many players opting out of the WBC to focus on their major league clubs or nursing injuries.  There were also no incentives, such as exemption from military service to entice players to participate.  Past success created selfishness and a loss of will to win for Korea.  You can read the article here: http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2968145

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