SBD Global/February 17, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies

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  • Australian GP CEO Says New F1 Owner Opens Door For Sydney To Snag Event

    Australian Grand Prix CEO Andrew Westacott admitted the appointment of a new Formula 1 head has "opened the door for Sydney to launch a fresh bid to hijack the event," according to Peter Rolfe of the HERALD SUN. Westacott conceded the $10B sale of the sport to U.S. company Liberty Media "meant the future of the race at Albert Park was back on the table." Victoria has a contract for the race locked in for the next seven years. But Westacott said that the fact F1 named Chase Carey its new CEO "meant interstate raiders such as the NSW Government were likely to swoop with fresh bids." Westacott said, "It wouldn't surprise me." Carey is "expected in Melbourne for next month's race." He has "promised global changes, and has outlined a desire to create more races" in the U.S. and transform events into week-long festivals. Westacott said that "he held no concerns for the current contract," extended by the Andrews Government. It includes "a secret hosting fee" believed to cost taxpayers more than A$50M ($38.5M) (HERALD SUN, 2/15).

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  • French Football Federation, LFP Open Joint Office In Beijing

    The French Professional Football League (LFP) and the French Football Federation opened a joint office for French football in Beijing on Thursday. French Sports Minister Patrick Kanner, French Ambassador to China Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, FFF Technical Dir François Blaquart and LFP President Nathalie Boy de la Tour were present to open the LFP and FFF’s first overseas office. With the new office, the French football organizations hope to introduce French training methods, market their competitions in the country and strengthen partnerships with Chinese businesses. The office will also support French clubs in engaging Chinese businesses, potential media partners and sponsorships (LFP).

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  • NBA All-Star Weekend Available In Virtual Reality To Int'l Fans

    For the first time, NBA fans around the world will be able to experience All-Star Saturday night and the 66th NBA All-Star game live in virtual reality, with the exception of fans in Canada, China and the U.S. The NBA and NextVR will offer both events live in VR on Int'l NBA League Pass for fans with a Google Daydream View or Samsung Gear VR headset, along with a compatible smartphone. The live events are available for free to Int'l NBA League Pass subscribers and for individual purchase to non-subscribers. NBA All-Star 2017 will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages (NBA).

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  • Players Show Up In Force For Revenue Talks With National Rugby League

    The players’ association "flexed its muscle" in talks with the National Rugby League, with a "handful of big-name footballers descending on Rugby League Central in a show of force designed to highlight how committed they are to gaining a fixed share of the game’s revenue," according to Brent Read of THE AUSTRALIAN. It is understood Manly players Daly Cherry-Evans and Nate Myles along with Sydney Roosters trio Jake Friend, Boyd Cordner and Aiden Guerra "were among nine players who joined the Rugby League Players Association in fronting the NRL, as well as a group of club officials." The Rugby League Players' Association has been "pushing for a fixed share of revenue as part of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement" and it is understood Thursday’s meeting was "designed to show how committed the players were to a cause that shapes as potentially the most fractious in the negotiations." Neither side was "willing to comment" when contacted, but the players' union "always intended to involve key stars in the negotiation process so the NRL would gain a first-hand sense of the players' determination to gain a share of revenue." It "shapes as just the start as the union prepares to roll out the sport’s heaviest hitters over coming weeks and months as talks heat up." Queensland and Australian captain Cameron Smith has "already spoken out in support of the union" and joined the body’s board late last year in a move that added to the organization’s "clout" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/17).

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