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Sony Six Launches NBA Wrap-Up Show

For the first time in India, Sony Six, Multi Screen Media's sports channel, "launched a locally produced weekly NBA news bulletin titled NBA Weekly," according to INDIAN TELEVISION. The show, hosted by Manish Anand, "is a first of its kind, engaging sports content produced exclusively for the audien ...

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Star India Wins IPL Media Rights

Indian Premier League organizers announced that Novi Digital Entertainment Private Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Star India, "bagged media rights for three seasons, starting with the 2015 edition," according to Ashim Sunam of the INT'L BUSINESS TIMES. The Internet and mobile rights for the IPL ...

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FIS: PyeongChang Test Events In Doubt

Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) President Gian Franco-Kasper said that it is "almost impossible" that ski and snowboard test events for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics scheduled for next year will go ahead as planned, according to Steve Keating of REUTERS. The longtime president and influential IOC member ...

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Infront Seals $1.2B Dalian Wanda Deal

Infront Media, the sports rights company run by the nephew of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Philippe Blatter, "has been sold" for €1B ($1.2B) to China’s second richest man, according to Ashley Armstrong of the London TELEGRAPH. Wang Jianlin, who controls Chinese property and entertainment ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China, Europe

Chinese Firm Acquires Infront

Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda will pay more than €1B ($1.2B) for Infront Media, according to Cotterill, Massoudi & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. People familiar with the matter said that Wanda won an auction for the company, owned by private equity group Bridgepoint since '11, "in ...

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ATV Retains Broadcasting Rights For HKPL

The Hong Kong FA said that the financially troubled ATV "will keep the broadcasting rights" for the domestic football season after "guaranteeing it would improve services," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. After complaints from clubs, the free-to-air TV station "had been giv ...

Tags: Media, China

Kia Ends Spartak Moscow Sponsorship

Kia Motors has terminated its sponsorship of FC Spartak Moscow after more than five years as the automaker is "optimizing its expenditures." In a statement sent to SBD Global, the company said, "Unfortunately, due to the worsening of market conditions, we were forced to terminate our cooperation wit ...

Tags: Russia, Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

IOC: New Sports To Be Decided In 2016

IOC VP John Coates said that the decision on which and how many new sports will be added to the slate for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics "will be determined next year, just before the start of the Rio Games," according to Elaine Lies of REUTERS. Program changes approved by the IOC late last year "al ...

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Asian Cup Boss: Success Paves Way For More Events

Asian Cup Chief Organizer Michael Brown said that "he hopes the success of the tournament paves the way for Australia to host more major football tournaments," as organizers prepare to return a profit of A$4M-A$6M ($3.2M-$4.6M) to governments who backed it, according to Tom Smithies of the Sydney DA ...

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FAS Teams Up With MP & Silva

The FA of Singapore has signed a S$25M ($18.5M), six-year deal with int'l sports media rights company MP & Silva, according to Jonathan Wong of the STRAITS TIMES. This "is the biggest commercial partnership for the FAS," eclipsing the S$15M, 10-year deal signed in '01 with Tiger Beer. MP & S ...

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