Daegu Dongyang Orions → Goyang Orion Orions → Goyang Carrot → Pohang?
Professional basketball Goyang Carrot, which is suffering from financial difficulties, is pushing for a plan to move its hometown to Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, but it is facing difficulties.
Goyang Carrot CEO Heo Jae, who is looking for a new acquisition company due to financial difficulties, recently met with a Pohang City Hall official and positively promoted a plan to relocate, but companies in Pohang are expressing their disapproval.
A Carrot official said, “Since the end of last year, we have been negotiating a sale with a company based in Pohang.”
Fans are concerned about the ‘decomposition’ of the team in the worst case.
According to Pohang City and others on the 20th, Goyang Carrot officials met with Pohang City officials earlier this month to discuss plans to relocate.
Pohang City is known to have shown a positive will to attract a basketball team.
However, there is no company that can actually bear the operating funds of the basketball team so far.
It is said that each affiliate of the POSCO Group, a company representing Pohang, already runs sports teams such as soccer, rugby, and gymnastics teams, so they cannot afford to run basketball teams.
Some companies with business sites in Pohang also expressed their opinion that it was difficult to consult with doctors in Pohang.
One company official said, “The city contacted us, but they said it was difficult.” Another company official said, “We also got a call, but they said, ‘It’s difficult to run a basketball team’.”
As companies show disapproval, the relocation plan to Pohang, which is related to Carrot, is in fact submerged under the surface.
Carrot is a team that jumped into professional basketball by taking over the Goyang Orion professional basketball team after the 2021-2022 season.
Day One Sports, an operating corporation without a parent company, took over, but it was uneasy from the start, with KBL membership being put on hold at an extraordinary general meeting in June of last year.
After twists and turns, Day One Sports’ KBL subscription was approved and Carrot Insurance was hired as a naming sponsor, but Carrot failed to meet the deadline for paying 500 million won for the first subscription fee, which was scheduled for early October last year.
After that, Carrot struggled with money problems throughout the season, with team salaries still behind. An official from Pohang City said, “Compared to other sports such as soccer and volleyball, the cost of running a basketball team is low, but it seems to have a publicity effect, but all companies showed disapproval.”
Carrot made a comeback upset with Hyundai Mobis in the playoffs (PO) this season with 3 wins and 2 losses and reached the semifinals,스포츠토토 but failed to advance to the championship match due to Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation with 1 win and 3 losses.
Coach Kim Seung-gi of Carrot expressed his will, saying, “This is not the end, and basketball will continue.”