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The NBA will tip off NBA Global Games 2013 with eight preseason games in eight cities in six countries and territories beginning Saturday. The NBA Global Games includes 12 teams playing 10 games (eight preseason and two regular season) in 10 cities in seven countries and territories. This will be the most NBA teams to play internationally in a single season in league history. All eight preseason games will air live on NBA TV in the U.S. and the NBA League Pass Int'l, and will be televised in 215 countries and territories (NBA). NBA teams will travel 116,341 miles. The NBA will issue 1,138 media credentials. A total of 20 int'l players from the NBA will participate (NBA). The AP reported NBA Commissioner David Stern's final months "are the NBA's boldest yet when it comes to playing internationally, and he thinks bringing the league around the globe will remain important long after he's left office in February." Stern: "Numerically, without question, to have 10 games this season, it's our most ambitious. It's really just a continued statement to our international audience of our attempts to play games in their time zones and to demonstrate that we think it's a global game and we appreciate their support and interest" (AP, 10/2).
NO SECOND THOUGHTS: The USA TODAY's Sam Amick wrote Stern "isn't having any second toughts" about steping down Feb. 1. Stern: "Someone asked me today, when was the last time that you didn't have to do something? I think it was when I went to camp as a teenager." Stern admits that he "wasn't sure how far the NBA's reach could go when this global mission began." Stern: "I think it's an old business lesson -- you sense that there's an opportunity, but anyone who tells you that they know the parameters of it is telling you a story." Stern said of the global approach: "You just push and you try, and so because we began working with FIBA in '87, we had the first McDonald's championships in '88 in Madrid. ... And then FIBA suggested that we go to the Olympics, so that happened really sort of spontaneously in an interesting kind of a way. It was one opportunity after another, and here we are." As for the notion that "the growth of these Global Games may lead to the day when NBA teams are housed in Europe or beyond?" Stern, who plans to stay involved with the league as a consultant and will focus on int'l growth, "knows one thing for sure: it won't be happening during his time as commissioner." Stern: "I don't know the answer (to that question), but we're beginning to take the steps. I think at some distant point in the future, it may result in serious consideration of (more int'l) franchises, but that's better for talking than for doing at this point" (USA TODAY, 10/1).
INT'L PUSH: In London, Emily Steel reported the league "is launching its first marketing push specifically targeted at international fans." Called “One Game, One Love,” the campaign "is part of an attempt to broaden the appeal of the sport -- and by extension, its business -- across countries and cultures." It includes TV spots in 10 languages across 43 countries and territories as well as print, online and social media adverts. Boosting the int'l appeal of American sports "is a crucial strategy for the leagues to develop their businesses beyond cultivating the next generation of fans in the US through marketing to younger demographics." New global fans "translate into more lucrative media distribution deals, merchandise sales and other partnerships." Sports consultant David Carter, who directs the Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, said, "When you build a truly global league, the value of the franchise will go up" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 10/3).
COMING TO MANCHESTER: In Manchester, Anthony Jepson reported the NBA "will descend on Manchester's Printworks" for a four-day Fan Zone ahead of the league's first game in the city. Former and current players from the Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder "will join dance teams and mascots in a celebration of all things NBA." The Fan Zone is "a free outdoor fan festival taking place at the city centre venue" from Saturday through Tuesday (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 10/3).
2013-14 NBA Global Games Schedule:
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
Ulker Sports Arena
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Bilbao Basket
Bizkaia Arena at the BEC
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Phones 4u Arena
Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers
Mall of Asia Arena
Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers
Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City Arena
Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday blamed breach of protocol by Cricket South Africa "for uncertainty over the Indian team's scheduled tour to South Africa later this year," according to the PTI. BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said, "Things are going [on] since long. Certain things have to be put in right perspective. Let me inform you that BCCI in normal circumstances would have done anything [for the tour to happen]. But the protocol of finalizing any series is a joint declaration. But that declaration was originally done without BCCI's approval. So we are waiting." The BCCI is also reportedly upset with CSA for appointing former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat -- who had rubbed some top Board officials on the wrong side in the past -- as its new CEO, "despite hints that such a move could hamper the good relations that existed between the two cricket boards" (PTI, 10/3).
'MR. CLEAN' SPEAKS: In Mumbai, Vijay Tagore wrote former BCCI President Shashank Manohar, "known for his integrity and impeccable track record in cricketing circles," has said that BCCI President N. Srinivasan "has no right to continue as the BCCI president and that he should have resigned the moment his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested in connection with match-fixing." Manohar, "often called Mr Clean and said to be the best president the BCCI ever had," said that "by brazening it out, Srinivasan has betrayed a lack of self-esteem and conscience." His "candid remarks are seen as the first salvo aimed at Srinivasan from within the opaque corridors of the BCCI, the world's richest board that virtually runs the cricketing universe." Manohar said, "Srinivasan has no right to continue as president. If you had the slightest of conscience, self-esteem and care for the board, you ought to have put in your papers the moment your son-in-law was arrested. You did nothing and as a result the board's reputation has taken a hit to the extent that the people have lost faith in this board" (TIMES OF INDIA, 10/3). The PTI reported the BCCI on Thursday "took strong exception" to Manohar's attempt to get his name expunged from the legal cases against the Board, with Patel saying that "the move amounts to shirking responsibility." Patel: "There was no question of affidavit [filed by Manohar in the Bombay HC] being discussed. But [what was discussed] was the case fought by Shashank Manohar in his individual way [capacity] leaving aside the other office bearers and the employees of BCCI. That thing was discussed. Members were not happy with the kind of thing that has happened" (PTI, 10/3). IANS reported newly appointed National Cricket Academy Chair T.C. Mathew said that "he will speak to all concerned on Kerala's cricket hero S. Sreesanth being banned for life for spot-fixing." Mathew: "He has been banned by the BCCI after its independent disciplinary committee gave him a hearing. In the coming days I will speak to his lawyer and also with Sreesanth himself. We have already raised this issue with the BCCI and a court is also looking into the case" (IANS, 10/3).
ROAD TRIP: The PTI reported newly-appointed Indian Premier League Chair Ranjib Biswal on Wednesday said that "the roadmap he prepared to make the tournament clean and corruption-free would be placed before the event's Governing Council" at its meeting scheduled to be held in Delhi on Oct. 6. Biswal: "I have something in mind. I will share this with members of the Governing Council including Ravi Shastri and G.R. Vishwanath. Then only I can be able to speak publicly on it" (PTI, 10/2).
Football Federation Australia "is hoping to heal its historically fractured relationship with A-League club owners" as CEO David Gallop revealed the governing body's priority next season "is relieving the financial pressures placed on owners," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The FFA will consolidate "its position to maintain increased financial stability." The new broadcast deal, which will see the game shown live on Fox Sports and SBS, "has provided the game with a significant cash stream but it is not at the stage when the FFA is willing to explore large-scale projects such as expansion." Gallop said that "consolidating the financial position this season is essential for the league's development." Gallop: ''We're certainly moving into a more stable financial environment but we need to be conscious of the huge investment club owners have made in the past and will continue to make. Ultimately, our number one strategic priority is to alleviate the burden on our private owners, but certainly progress has been made in that area'' (SMH, 10/4).
Australian Football League investigators flew to Sydney Thursday "to interview Swans administrators Andrew Ireland and Dean Moore over the complexity" of the club's A$10M ($9.4M), nine-year offer to Lance Franklin, according Denham & Smith of THE AUSTRALIAN. AFL Integrity & Investigation Managers Brett Clothier and Ken Wood Wednesday "interviewed Franklin and his manager, Liam Pickering, at AFL headquarters." The league "has described the deal as 'like no other club document they have had to consider before.'" Even if the contract passes the strenuous probe over its legality within AFL rules, it "still faces a league judgment over whether it is in the spirit of the laws, an area the league has acted on previously." The AFL also confirmed that "all club and player allowances, including the cost-of-living allowance, are being reviewed." Sydney "has been made aware of its total player payments obligations and the possibility that the cost-of-living allowance" -- worth about A$930,000 this year -- may be removed or altered (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/3).
Britain's former top policeman John Stevens "is to look into the entire horse racing operation of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum after being asked to investigate by the Dubai ruler himself." Stevens, the former head of London's Metropolitan Police Service, said, "I have been asked by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to oversee an internal inquiry that will examine organizational structures, internal communication and veterinary practices at all of the major components of Sheikh Mohammed's equestrian properties and operations, including Darley, Godolphin, Meydan and Janah, the equine flight company" (AFP, 10/3). ... Boxing South Africa "faces a fresh crisis after it emerged that boxers are no longer fully insured." Stakeholders "were surprised when they were informed during Gauteng's provincial boxing indaba that the 40-year-old benevolent fund all boxers have been contributing" 1.5% of their purse to -- "no longer existed." Boxers contributed toward the fund on the understanding that "the money they paid over the years would be reimbursed back to them when they retire from the sport" (SOWETAN LIVE, 10/3). ... South African cricket officials "are set to consider a proposal forcing professional franchises to include at least two black Africans in every team." Another item "expected to be discussed" at an Oct. 11 Cricket South Africa meeting "will be the need for second-tier, semi-professional provincial sides to select three black Africans" (AAP, 10/3).