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SBD Global/October 11, 2012/Franchises

NRL, Fox Sports Weigh Out Plan To Play Manly's Season-Opener In China

The plan of National Rugby League club Manly Sea Eagles to "spread the NRL gospel in China is no gimmick," as they continue negotiations to jump-start next season in China against Canberra, according to Jon Tuxworth of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Sea Eagles and Raiders officials met with the NRL and broadcast partner Fox Sports last week "to discuss the viability of moving a Manly home game" to China. Manly CEO David Perry said, "We wouldn't be doing this unless we thought there was some momentum and consistent frequency of having an event up there." Fox Sports "has agreed in principle to the initiative, and is determining whether it is financially viable." Should the broadcaster approve, the league "will then send a letter to the Chinese high commission outlining the support it would require for the game to go ahead" (SMH, 10/12).
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