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Olympic Channel, BeIN Media Group Announce Programming Partnership

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 05 / 17

The Olympic Channel and beIN Media Group announced a new partnership which began on Monday with programming blocks leading to the launch of a 24/7 linear channel on Nov. 1 across 24 Middle East and North Africa territories. Under the "Olympic Channel" brand, the partnership began with a daily eight-...

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Africa Wants 10 World Cup Places

Africa will be "looking to double the number of places it has at an expanded World Cup" from '26, according to the BBC. The continent's FA presidents have told FIFA "they want at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup." South African FA President Danny Jordaan said, "All associations back the idea ...

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NBA Announces Second Game In Africa

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association announced that NBA Africa Game 2017, the league's second game in Africa, will take place Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game, which will take place following the 15th edition of Basketball Without Borders Africa ...

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Infantino Calls Summit Of African FAs

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will meet more than 50 presidents of African FAs in an "unprecedented summit in Johannesburg this week," according to Mark Gleeson of REUTERS. Each of the continent’s 54 member countries has been invited to a day-long exec summit with Infantino, "called to discu ...

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Joost Van Der Westhuizen Dies, Aged 45

South African Rugby World Cup winner JOOST VAN DER WESTHUIZEN died, aged 45, according to Will Macpherson of the London GUARDIAN. The former scrum-half "had been living with motor neurone disease" since '11 and "was admitted to a Johannesburg hospital on Saturday morning." The J9 Foundation, the c ...

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Hisense Signs Deal With Lions Rugby

TV and mobile handset maker Hisense South Africa signed a deal "to become the official electronics partner" of South African Super Rugby side Lions, according to BUSINESS TECH. The sponsorship "stretches across" the 2017 Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions, with the Hisense logo appearing o ...

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Kenyan Federation, KPL Reach Agreement

Football Kenya Federation and the Kenyan Premier League on Thursday agreed to work toward the realization of an 18-team league, according to Cellestine Olilo of the DAILY NATION. After a "grueling" five-hour meeting, representatives from both sides agreed to implement an 18-team league, with FK ...

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Kia, Tunisian FA Agree To Deal

Korean automotive manufacturer Kia has signed a contract with the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) "to become a major sponsor" of the North African nation's men's football team, according to Adam Nelson of SPORTS PRO MEDIA. The carmaker's branding will "feature on the playing shirts of the Eagles ...

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African Nations Cup To Remain As Is

The Confederation of African Football announced the Nations Cup will "maintain its two-yearly schedule despite pressure from European clubs, but will not follow the World Cup in expanding the number of participants," according to Mark Gleeson of REUTERS. The staging of the African championship ...

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China Using Stadium Diplomacy In Africa

China’s "recent heavy investment in talent has yet to fully embrace African players, or for that matter, African coaches and managers," according to Simon Chadwick of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Off the field though, China "seems rather more taken with Africa." This year’s African ...

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WP Rugby Union Granted Liquidation

The Western Province Rugby Union has been "granted a final liquidation order" of its commercial arm, the WP Rugby Ltd., in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, according to Ashfak Mohamed of IOL. The WP Rugby Union was "handed a provisional liquidation order" for the company on Nov. 7, but the fi ...

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