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  • Jaguars Will Face 49ers At The NFL's 2013 International Series Game In London

    The 49ers defeated the Broncos in '10 in the team's previous London game.

    The NFL on Thursday announced that the San Francisco 49ers will be the Jacksonville Jaguars' opponent in the '13 regular-season game at Wembley Stadium. The game, scheduled for Oct. 27, will mark the 49ers' second appearance in the NFL Int'l Series. The team in '10 won a 24-16 game against the Broncos before a Wembley crowd of 83,941 (NFL). Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan said, "This is a unique and important opportunity for the Jaguars franchise, as well as for our fans and community. To share this stage in our first year at Wembley with a rising power like the 49ers will bring additional attention and respect to what we're trying to achieve as a franchise. We can't wait to see our global vision for the Jaguars become reality next season" (London DAILY MAIL, 10/11). In New York, Brian Solomon wrote "For Khan, the match-up with the 49ers represents his first chance to fulfill his mission of bringing Jacksonville to the rest of the world." Recently in a Forbes cover story, he expressed excitement about the chance to win over NFL fans in London. Khan: “One of the good things is they don’t have a team loyalty, so we get a chance by being the first team presented; hopefully we can get them” (FORBES, 10/11).

    MORE EXPANSION?: The NFL said that "other teams could take games to continental Europe or Latin America if the Jaguars made a success of their foray across the Atlantic." NFL CMO Mark Waller said, "We want to prove that fans here can become fans of a specific team." Waller, a U.K. native, added, "If we can make this work here, there are many other markets." REUTERS' Keith Weir noted European football clubs have "made themselves more attractive to sponsors by building a global fanbase who follow their matches on television and online." Khan: "The Premier League has led the way in terms of globalization. Perhaps we can learn some lessons from them about how to spread the love for the NFL" (REUTERS, 10/11).

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  • Australian Open Revenue Talks Look Positive, No Player Boycott

    Novak Djokovic returns a shot during the 2012 Australian Open final.

    Australian Open officials said that they "held constructive talks with players pressing for a greater share of revenue" at the tournament, according to the AFP. Tennis Australia CEO Steve Woods said that he met representatives of the ATP and Player Council on Thursday at the Shanghai Masters "about a fairer distribution of the prize money, and talks were productive." Woods said, "We have talked about our long-term plans for player compensation, including further significant increases, and the feedback we have received from the ATP and the players has been positive." Players Council President Roger Federer on Sunday "cautiously welcomed the move to boost prize money but said he was not sure it was significant enough to quell player unrest over the long-running row" (AFP, 10/11). In Sydney, Linda Pearce noted British competitor Andy Murray is "pleased there will be no player boycott" even though he never considered such a "drastic move." Murray said, "I never viewed striking at the Australian Open as a real option. From all the players I've spoken to so far, everyone's been very happy with the increases in the prize money and their plan over the next few years, as well" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/12).

    THE RIGHT DIRECTION: In London, Paul Newman wrote the "general view among players was that Tennis Australia had responded well to complaints that the competitors' share of the revenues generated by all four of the Grand Slam tournaments was too small." Murray said, "From our side, it's definitely going in the right direction. All the conversations we've had with [the Australian Open] have been fairly positive." He added: "They've really been the first ones to step up. I think for the players it's important to remember the amount that they've invested in the facilities there, as well. It's not just always the prize money" (INDEPENDENT, 10/11).

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  • BCCI's Planned Makeover Includes Three GMs

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India, "often criticized for lack of professionalism, could undergo a makeover very soon," according to K Shriniwas Rao of the TNN. It plans to bring in professional managers "to improve the administrative machinery." The board's goal is to have three general managers in place: for operations, cricket and the Indian Premier League. The candidates will be "hand picked for the job." BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty "is likely to take over" as GM of Operations, therefore leaving the post of CAO redundant. IPL CEO Sundar Raman "is likely to take over" as the league's GM, while "an accomplished ex-cricketer will take over as GM of Cricket (TNN, 10/11). The PTI reported the BCCI "has been forced to delay" the first meeting of its National Cricket Academy sub-committee, as it has yet to finalize the name for the post of director with another former captain Kapil Dev's "name coming into picture." However, former Indian captain Rahul Dravid "is believed to be the front-runner for the post," but he remains undecided on whether he should take up the offer. His indecisiveness "is precisely the reason for the delay" of the meeting (PTI, 10/11).

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  • Cambodia Works With USGA To Revamp Its Handicap System

    The Cambodian Golf Federation has introduced a national system for male and female golfers' handicaps of differing skills, "so that they can compete on a level playing field," according to H S Manjunath of the PHNOM PENH POST. The formal handicap system, which came into effect on Sept. 1, "followed a coordinated effort in its creation" involving the CGF and the U.S. Golf Association. The CGF is now licensed to use the USGA course rating and handicapping systems within Cambodia (PHNOM PENH POST, 10/11).

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  • Honda CEO Would 'Welcome' Automaker's Possible F1 Comeback In 2014

    The financial crises led to Honda's withdrawal from F1 in '08.

    Honda "could make an F1 comeback in '14," according to AUTO BILD. Honda Research & Development CEO Yoshiharu Yamamoto said that he "would welcome an F1 return." Yamamoto said, "It is true that we watch the races and hope to return at some point." Although Yamamoto does not believe in an immediate F1 return, he "sees the potential that the upcoming rule changes provide." He said, "I obviously follow the rule changes, and if they provide an opportunity for us then it would be nice to come back." The financial crises in '08 led to Honda's withdrawal from F1. It seems that "Honda's return is dependent on whether F1 goes through with its proposed engine change or not." The plan calls for new, less expensive 1.6-liter turbo engines to replace the currently used 2.4-liter V8 engines in '14. The change "seemed practically implemented," however,  F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "recently hinted that he wants to stop the change at the eleventh hour." French car maker Renault, which provides four teams with its engines, "would be far from pleased if Honda returns." Renault, Ferrari and Mercedes are the only three car manufactures currently active in F1. Therefore, a Honda comeback "would be extremely attractive" (AUTO BILD, 10/10). MOTORSPORT MAGAZIN's Robert Seiwert reported that Mercedes Motorsport Dir Norbert Haug "would not mind seeing manufacturers return to F1." Haug said, "The new engine is an attractive opportunity. Everybody is welcome as long as the pit is long enough. It isn't my decision, but we like the competition." He added, "If you win in F1, and especially with our factory team, then it is extremely positive. It isn't our choice if Toyota, Honda or BMW participate or not, but for us as a premium manufacturer it is positive to compete in F1. Of course it isn't good if you don't win. We had to experience that this season" (MOTORSPORT MAGAZIN, 10/11).

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  • NBA, CBA Agree To Multi-Year Extension Of Coaching Program

    The NBA and Chinese Basketball Association agreed to a multi-year extension of their joint coaching program, which has trained more than 580 CBA pro and junior level coaches since '09. Through the extension, the two leagues will continue to work together to improve coaching, which will result in youth development and the overall growth of basketball. The NBA will create training and observation programs to develop CBA coaches, based on their experience, at both the elite and grassroots level. CBA coaches will travel to the U.S. for basketball study, observation and participation in coaching activities with NBA coaches and teams. NBA coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches and nutritionists will travel to China to lecture at the CBA's annual coaching training camps (NBA).

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  • NWS Seeking Cash Boost To Fight AFL's Western Push

    A new A$12M ($12.3M) national strategic fighting fund looms as the key in Cricket New South Wales' attempt "to combat the Australian rules insurgency" in the country's fastest growing area, western Sydney, according to Chris Barrett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The extra cash pool is to be voted on when Cricket Australia's new nine-member board meets for the first time in two weeks and is considered "a way for the major states to finally be granted a more proportionate slice of the broadcast rights revenue pie." Under the national financial distribution model, all associations "receive an equal one-sixth share of CA revenue." That structure will soon receive "a dramatic overhaul." The annual pot of money in the fund will start between A$8M and A$12M, with those details "set to be finalised when the board sits down" (SMH, 10/12).

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  • South Africa Unable To Take Advantage Of 'Free' FIFA Money

    South Africa is one of 10 countries that has not been able to take advantage of free FIFA money because it has "failed to put together a concrete project" for the organization to fund, according to Mark Gleeson of the SOWETAN. Football's governing body has paid for 600 projects in other countries, but the South African Football Association is "lagging behind." Three years ago SAFA proposed to FIFA a project to upgrade the School of Excellence in Tembisa, but it "first had to get a lease on the land" before the money would be sent from Zurich. Nothing has happened since, even though last month SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani claimed that the "long wait for the lease was at an end." Reports now suggest this is not true, "the document is still not signed" because the SAFA is not happy with all the clauses (SOWETAN, 10/11).

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