SBD Global/February 17, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies

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  • AFL Side Greater Western Sydney Pushes For Funding Cut Of Sydney Swans

    Australian Football League side Greater Western Sydney "has pushed for the AFL to cut its financial support" of the Sydney Swans and "refused to back its cross-city rival in the bid to retain the controversial" A$1M ($903,600) cost of living allowance, according to Caroline Wilson of THE AGE. On the eve of a meeting with the AFL Commission, the Giants "have officially distanced themselves from Sydney," with Chair Tony Shepherd suggesting that "the time had come for the Swans to operate without extra help." Joining "the chorus led in recent weeks by fellow club chairmen Eddie McGuire and David Koch," Shepherd said the Swans should no longer be subsidized. Shepherd said, ''The Swans have been in Sydney for more than 30 years and it can be argued that as an established club they no longer need additional support" (THE AGE, 2/17).

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  • Success Of Auckland Nines Could Accelerate The Growth Of Privately Run Clubs

    National Rugby League side New Zealand Warriors co-Owner Eric Watson "believes the success of the Nines in Auckland could accelerate the growth of privately run clubs in the premiership, but he doesn't believe the NRL should consider two bids from Wellington for a second New Zealand franchise until his Auckland-based team wins a grand final," according to Brad Walter of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. A consortium involving the Wellington Rugby League "is ready to submit a proposal for an NRL team and Fairfax Media reported on Sunday that a second group, based in Australia with Kiwi investors, is considering lobbying for a licence to play out of Westpac Stadium." Watson said, "The New Zealand Warriors have a long way to go and a lot of opportunity, we haven't won an NRL yet. I'd look at another team maybe when we've won a couple of NRLs, let's get that under our belt first" (SMH, 2/16). In Sydney, Brent Read reported Watson has given the new-look NRL and its CEO Dave Smith "a rousing endorsement and suggested there could come a time when every club in the premiership is privately owned." Watson said that in his 13 years in charge of the Warriors "he had never encountered such a spirit of unity within the code." He was also "effusive in his praise of Smith." He said, "Highly impressed and I don't say that lightly. He is very commercial, very focused and a good communicator. I think he is a top-stage CEO. When you have dysfunctionality at any level it makes life difficult" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/17). FAIRFAX NZ NEWS' Matt Stewart reported Auckland "could hold a few lessons for the annual Wellington Sevens event." Marty Donoghue, the GM of the sevens, spent the weekend at the inaugural Auckland Nines rugby league tournament, and said afterwards that "the success up north could help the sevens reinvent itself." Auckland -- long rumored to have an eye on poaching the sevens from the capital -- "has secured the league event for five years, which could be positive for Wellington retaining its showcase event." Donoghue attended the first day of the nines on Saturday and said that organizers "had done a good job in producing an 'outstanding' event." He said, "Those guys really understand who their customers are and it's a really broad base, but the one thing people had in common was a passion for rugby league" (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 2/17).

    A THREAT TO SEVENS: In Sydney, Bret Harris reported former Australian Rugby League CEO John O'Neill "has warned the spectacular success of rugby league's Auckland Nines poses a real threat to rugby sevens." O'Neill said that the Auckland Nines "should be a cause for concern to rugby administrators on both sides of the Tasman." He said, "I'm sure the success of the Auckland Nines has not gone unnoticed. The nines should have alarm bells ringing." O'Neill said that rugby "should be concerned about rugby league pushing for the nine-a-side game to be admitted to the Commonwealth Games" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/17). Also in Sydney, David Riccio wrote "the undeniable success of the Auckland Nines has changed the rugby league landscape forever." It "was a carnival of high-powered rugby league skill and athleticism, a celebration and an advertisement that will leave a footprint in New Zealand long after the yellow five-point try paint has been removed from Eden Park." Bulldogs, Sharks, Warriors and Tigers merchandise "all sold out" before midday Saturday. An NRL official said, "It’s like something we’ve never seen before" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 2/16). In Sydney, Read wrote in a separate piece the NRL "will sit down this week to work out the schedule for next season amid a growing clamour from players to include the Indigenous All Stars game as part of a two-week grand final celebration." The All Stars game, which was put on hold this year to accommodate the World Cup and the nines, "is certain to return next season, although finding a suitable date for the game is the challenge." The other issue for the NRL "is finding a hole for the World Club Challenge" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/17). Also in Sydney, Michael Chammas reported "the idea of stretching grand final week into a two-week preparation has already been floated by Indigenous All Stars playmaker Johnathan Thurston." The NFL Pro Bowl, which includes players not involved in the Super Bowl, "is played a week before the showpiece event." It is understood Thurston "isn't the only player who is behind the concept, with players across several clubs backing the idea of playing the All Stars in October" (SMH, 2/16). In Brisbane, Walter & Lane wrote the NRL "is set to become the first governing sports body in Australia to test for prescription drugs and may also appoint independent doctors at matches to assess players for concussion." A final decision "on whether they are implemented will be made before the start of the season but the league is already preparing to take over testing of illicit substances from clubs" (BRISBANE TIMES, 2/14).

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  • Board Of Control For Cricket In India President Srinivasan Begins Push For Re-Election

    BCCI President N. Srinivasan has made a plan to ensure re-election.

    The current Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan’s tenure gets over in September 2014, but he may not be done with the all-powerful chair yet.

    If all goes according to his plan, Srinivasan is set to get re-elected. The groundwork has started and on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League auction the Tamil Nadu strongman made clear his intentions of continuing in the chair till 2017.

    Next, from 2014 to 2017, is the turn of East zone and all it requires is two state units from that zone to propose the name. With at least four associations on his side — Assam, Jharkhand, Tripura and Odisha — Srinivasan is sitting pretty with numbers. The remaining two votes are with Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Cricket Association of Bengal and the National Cricket Club.

    The only roadblock in Srinivasan’s continuation can be Dalmiya, given his renewed interest in the Board’s activities. But given the way the current balance of power is stacked in favour of Srinivasan, Dalmiya’s resistance may drown out in the number game, especially in front of Srinivasan’s now-famous tactics of getting people on his side through persuasion and inducements.

    - See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/sports-news/cricketnews/srini-begins-groundwork-to-get-re-elected-as-bcci-boss/article1-1184433.aspx#sthash.CXIvb5Wg.dpuf

    The current Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan’s tenure gets over in September 2014, but he may not be done with the all-powerful chair yet.

    If all goes according to his plan, Srinivasan is set to get re-elected. The groundwork has started and on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League auction the Tamil Nadu strongman made clear his intentions of continuing in the chair till 2017.

    Next, from 2014 to 2017, is the turn of East zone and all it requires is two state units from that zone to propose the name. With at least four associations on his side — Assam, Jharkhand, Tripura and Odisha — Srinivasan is sitting pretty with numbers. The remaining two votes are with Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Cricket Association of Bengal and the National Cricket Club.

    The only roadblock in Srinivasan’s continuation can be Dalmiya, given his renewed interest in the Board’s activities. But given the way the current balance of power is stacked in favour of Srinivasan, Dalmiya’s resistance may drown out in the number game, especially in front of Srinivasan’s now-famous tactics of getting people on his side through persuasion and inducements.

    - See more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/sports-news/cricketnews/srini-begins-groundwork-to-get-re-elected-as-bcci-boss/article1-1184433.aspx#sthash.CXIvb5Wg.dpuf
    Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan’s tenure ends in September, "but he may not be done with the all-powerful chair yet," according to Sai Prasad Mohapatra of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. If all goes according to his plan, Srinivasan "is set to get re-elected." The groundwork has started and on the sidelines of the Indian Premier League auction "the Tamil Nadu strongman made clear his intentions of continuing in the chair" till '17. Next, from '14-17, is the turn of East zone "and all it requires is two state units from that zone to propose the name." With at least four associations on his side -- Assam, Jharkhand, Tripura and Odisha -- Srinivasan "is sitting pretty with numbers." The "remaining two votes are with" former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Cricket Association of Bengal and the National Cricket Club. The only roadblock in Srinivasan’s continuation can be Dalmiya, "given his renewed interest in the Board’s activities." But given the way the "current balance of power is stacked in favor" of Srinivasan, Dalmiya’s resistance "may drown out in the number game" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 2/16). In Mumbai, Dwaipayan Datta wrote the BCCI "is planning to go all-out in its bid to present a corruption-free image of the IPL to the public" before the '14 season starts. It was told to the IPL governing council members that the BCCI will launch a "clean-IPL" campaign in March leading up to the tournament. A BCCI source said, "We will not only stick to Hindi or English. The campaign will be in different regional languages across India and top cricketers will be used for the campaign." Even though "the BCCI top-brass has been putting up a brave front, they know that the image of IPL has taken a beating following the spot-fixing scandal." The source added, "We want to ensure that when the tournament starts this year, the fans watch cricket with no baggage of what happened last year" (TIMES OF INDIA, 2/15).

    PAKISTAN WANTS IN
    : The PTI reported Pakistan cricket captain Mohammad Hafeez felt that the Pakistan Cricket Board "should sort out the issue of Pakistani players not being allowed to play" in the IPL. Hafeez said, "It is strange that for years now Pakistani players have not been allowed to play in the IPL." Hafeez said that "he personally would like to play in the IPL if the doors are open." Hafeez: "My belief has always been to keep politics and sports apart" (PTI, 2/16). The PTI also reported former PCB Chair Zaka Ashraf on Sunday "alleged that he was threatened" by the BCCI for opposing the structural overhaul of the Int'l Cricket Council. Ashraf: "They were threats directed at Pakistan but our stance was clear." Ashraf was removed from his post last week by PM Nawaz Sharif for "mishandling Pakistan's case in the changes brought in the ICC" and was replaced by Najam Sethi (PTI, 2/16).

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  • League Notes: Crowded Schedule Part Of Indian Badminton League's Second Edition

    A crowded schedule "is likely to disrupt the conduct of the second edition of the Indian Badminton League." The IBL, which is scheduled for September this year, "will clash with the world championships (late August) and the Asian Games (mid-September)" (THE HINDU, 2/15). ... Limited funds have prevented the Philippine government from "allotting more resources on sports development as it prioritizes poverty reduction and uplifting the plight of the poor and most vulnerable sectors, a senior official said Sunday" (XINHUA, 2/16).

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