News, Rumours, Timeline: Wei-Chuan Dragons
With the recent announcement of the potential revival of the Wei-Chuan Dragons by the Ting-Hsin Group, we figured it would be a good idea to set up a news tracker for this potential CPBL expansion.
We will do our best to keep this updated by tracking all the essential news and rumours in chronological order. [Last updated: January 23, 2019]
The previous CPBL commissioner 黃鎮台 (Huang Cheng-Tai) were spotted several times at the Wei-Chuan Food Corporation’s head office in 2012. Many speculated the Ting-Hsin Group might be planning to return to the CPBL. [Apple Daily]
There were rumours the Ting-Hsin Group were planning to purchase the Brother Elephants back in 2013. However, the company got themselves into a string of food scandals in 2013 and 2014. Therefore nothing materialised afterwards. [Apple Daily]
Note: The Brother Elephants were sold to the Chinatrust Financial for roughly 13 million USD and renamed to the Chinatrust Brothers.
On August 14, 2017, news about the Ting-Hsin Group re-registered the Wei-Chuan Dragons’ logo at the Intellectual Property Office surfaced.
However, it turns out Ting-Hsin only did that for charity. The charity organisation wanted to raise money for their little league tournament by selling the Wei-Chuan Dragons’ merchandise. [ETtoday]
Note: It is an invitational baseball tournament named after the former Dragons’ manager 徐生明 (Hsu Sheng-Ming), who passed away from a sudden heart attack in 2013 at the age of 55.
16 January 2019
Mirror Media broke the news that the Ting-Hsin Group plan to revive the Wei-Chuan Dragons and rejoin CPBL. [Mirror Media]
CPBL commissioner confirmed to UDN that he spoke with the owner of the Ting-Hsin Group on the phone regarding them rejoining the CPBL. [UDN]
Rumour Ting-Hsin Group set eyes on Wang Chien-Ming, Chang Tai-Shan and Huang Ping-Yang as the new Wei-Chuan Dragons’ management team. [Mirror Media]
CPBL confirmed should the Ting-Hsin Group wish to rejoin the CPBL, they would have to follow the new team protocol and pay the entry fee. The reason being, the team Wei-Chuan Dragons have been delisted due to disbandment from 20 years ago. [ETtoday]
Note: Here is the breakdown of the franchise fee for potential new CPBL teams.
Newly elected Kaohsiung City mayor told Mirror Media the city welcomes the Wei-Chuan Dragons and will do everything they can to support the team. [NOWnews]
Ting-Hsin spokesperson told the media the company are currently evaluating the plan to rejoin the CPBL. [NOWnews]
18 January 2019
The CPBL commissioner and the owner of the Ting-Hsin Group will meet before the Lunar New Year (February 4, 2019). Should both parties agreed to terms in April, then Ting-Hsin Group can enter the 2019 CPBL draft in July. [Apple Daily]
21 January 2019
The Ting-Hsin Group spokesperson confirmed the Wei-Chuan Dragons are indeed coming back to the CPBL. And the company will step by step to achieve that goal. [Apple Daily]
According to the Ting-Hsing Group spokesperson, the company are considering to base the team in either Hsinchu, Kaohsiung or Taipei. Sooner they can submit the new team proposal the better. [CNA]
The Ting-Hsin Group are now in the process of forming a new entertainment company, and this company then will use the name Wei-Chuan Dragons to re-join the CPBL. [UDN]
23 January 2019
The Ting-Hsin Group aim to submit the formal new team proposal to the league before the end of April. [UDN]