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CPBL’s Brother Elephants up for sale

IN THE RED:The owners of the club, the Hung Family, apologized to baseball fans, but said they could no longer afford the team’s annual losses of up to NT$50 million

By Jason Pan  /  Staff writer

However, Hung said his family is strongly opposed to selling the franchise to any Chinese company.

“If a big conglomerate from China wants to buy this team, we would just disband and fold the ball club. The team will not have Chinese owners,” he was quoted as saying.

Instantly recognizable in their all-yellow uniforms, the Brother Elephants are said to be the most popular team in Taiwan, and have won seven CPBL championship crowns. Their fans are called the “Yellow Jersey Army” (黃衫軍) and don various shades of yellow clothes.

The Brother Elephants and the Uni-President Lions (統一獅) were two of the original founding ballclubs when the CPBL was launched in 1990, and are the only surviving teams. The other two founding clubs of the CPBL were the Weichuan Dragons (味全龍) and the Mercury Tigers (三商虎), both of which folded at the end of the 1999 season.

The other two teams in the league are the Kaohsiung-based EDA Rhinos (義大犀牛) and the Taoyuan-based Lamigo Monkeys (Lamigo桃猿).

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