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SBD Global/October 25, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes: German Basketball League Opens HQ In Cologne

The Beko Basketball Bundesliga "opened its new headquarters in downtown Cologne, Germany." About "100 invited guests were able to take a look at the league's new facilities" after its move from the Cologne-Deutz to the heart of downtown (SID, 10/24). ... German Football League (DFL) President Reinhard Rauball said that the Bundesliga "should rethink its ban on artificial turf." Rauball said, "The quality of modern artificial turf is by now so good that it is worth addressing this issue. The clubs already practice on artificial turf, especially during the winter." Artificial turf is playable regardless of the weather and more cost-effective in comparison to natural grass, which sometimes has to be replaced several times during a year (SID, 10/24). ... Handball Bundesliga's independent licensing commission "sentenced second-division club SV Post Schwerin to a fine of €20,000 ($26,000), which is the highest-possible sanction the commission can hand out." The club already withdrew from second-division play on Monday due to inability to pay (HANDBALL MAGAZIN, 10/24). ... The WTA has made a donation of $25,000 to the USANA True Health Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to provide the most critical human necessities to those in need (WTA). ... Sri Lanka Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said that the government "will soon be framing anti-corruption laws to eradicate the possibility of match fixing in cricket" (PTI, 10/24).
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