SBD Global/January 3, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

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  • Int'l Cricket Council Aims To Improve TV Umpire Technology With Officiating Replay System

    The Int'l Cricket Council "is testing a new review system for TV umpires that aims to improve the accuracy and reduce the time taken to reach their decisions," according to the AP. The Officiating Replay System, developed by Hawk-Eye, "is being assessed by former elite panel umpire Simon Taufel, who is acting as a shadow umpire on the ICC’s behalf in the ongoing Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka test match." Without influencing the decision making of TV umpire Sundaram Ravi, who has just one monitor and one camera angle of the onfield action at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Taufel "is able to view the direct feeds from all 16 cameras at the ground on two giant screens." Taufel said, "Umpiring is all about giving the players the best service, the best umpiring and best decisions possible (and) this trial fits into that theory" (AP, 1/2).

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  • European Commission Reviewing Funding Of EPL Swansea's Liberty Stadium

    A deal allowing EPL side Swansea and the "Ospreys rugby region to play at the Liberty Stadium is being investigated by the European Commission," according to the BBC. Swansea's council has been "asked to give details over funding arrangements at the council-owned stadium." The EC is "carrying out a Europe-wide investigation into state aid in sport." State aid rules, "policed by the commission, limit how much public money can be given to private companies." Following a "freedom of information request to the council, it confirmed questions had been raised about the agreement and whether it complied with state aid regulations." A Swansea council spokesperson said, "The European Commission has asked us a number of questions in relation to the Liberty Stadium and currently we are in dialogue with them, as are a large number of sports clubs from across Europe." If it is "proved that the use of the Liberty Stadium breaks European law, then both clubs could face having to pay back money, plus interest" (BBC, 12/31).

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  • League Notes: New WADA President Wants To Test Hair To Identify Drug Cheats

    World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie said that "athletes may soon have their hair tested to determine if they are drugs cheats." Reedie said that a new $10M fund set up by the IOC "should open up new testing techniques to catch cheats." Until now, tests have relied on blood and urine samples "but traces of some drugs last much longer in hair, and that is likely to be part of Wada's new thrust" (PA, 12/31). ... Fans of the Spanish Basketball League (ACB) raised €42,850 ($58,525) at the league's second edition of its "Solidary Matchday," which was organized by league sponsor Endesa, the ACB and the Spanish Red Cross. The money "will help people suffering as a result of Spain's economic crisis." With this money, the "Spanish Red Cross guarantees that it can provide food for 343 people over the course of a month" (AS, 1/2). ... The Badminton Association of Malaysia will invest RM1,000 ($300) a month "on every potential player earmarked by them at state level." The BAM "decided to take the step in an attempt to find new talents, especially in the men’s singles department" (THE STAR, 12/31). ... Days before the announcement of the result of Rajasthan Cricket Association elections held last month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India moved the Supreme Court challenging participation of Lalit Modi in the poll, "a move aimed at restraining him from holding the President's post if he wins." The BCCI challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005 allowing the former Indian Premier League Commissioner to contest the RCA presidential elections on Dec. 19 "despite being banned for life by the Board" (PTI, 1/2).

    Days before the announcement of the result of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections held last month, the BCCI today moved the Supreme Court challenging participation of Lalit Modi in the poll, a move aimed at restraining him from holding the President's post if he wins.

    The BCCI challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005 allowing the former IPL Commissioner to contest the RCA presidential elections on December 19 despite being banned for life by the Board.


    Days before the announcement of the result of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections held last month, the BCCI today moved the Supreme Court challenging participation of Lalit Modi in the poll, a move aimed at restraining him from holding the President's post if he wins.

    The BCCI challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005 allowing the former IPL Commissioner to contest the RCA presidential elections on December 19 despite being banned for life by the Board.

    Days before the announcement of the result of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections held last month, the BCCI today moved the Supreme Court challenging participation of Lalit Modi in the poll, a move aimed at restraining him from holding the President's post if he wins.

    The BCCI challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005 allowing the former IPL Commissioner to contest the RCA presidential elections on December 19 despite being banned for life by the Board.

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