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Hangin' With ... The Aspire Group Director Of Australian Operations Ben Pincus

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 30 / 15

The Aspire Group Director of Australian Operations BEN PINCUS is managing a collaborative initiative with the National Rugby League that recently opened the first centralized Fan Relationship Management Center devoted exclusively to outbound sales calls in the history of the NRL. Pincus's team of ...

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ManU Agrees To Two China Sponsorships

ManU announced a pair of three-year sponsorship deals with companies based in China: soft drink manufacturer Wahaha and China Construction Bank. The deals are ManU’s first-ever in the soft drink and financial services categories. Wahaha, the largest beverage producer in China over the last 11 ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China, United Kingdom

IOA Continues Exec Council Meeting

The Indian Olympic Association has decided to go ahead with its Exec Council meeting on Saturday, undeterred by the IOC's "refusal to recognise it," according to the PTI. The move "could put National Sports Federations in a spot in the wake of the world body’s warning not to deal with the IOA. ...

Tags: Olympics, India

STAR Sports Names New Ambassador

STAR Sports "has appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the brand ambassador of the inaugural edition of Hero Hockey India League" that started Monday, according to Gaurav Laghate of the Indian BUSINESS STANDARD. The inaugural edition of the field hockey league "is being broadcast with Hindi commentary on ...

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LPGA Adds Tournament In China

The LPGA has added a tournament in China to its '13 calendar. The Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic will be held in Beijing and will kick off the Tour's fall Asian swing the first week of October. The $1.8M tournament will be organized by the LPGA, China Golf Association and China LPGA, with the ev ...

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Nike Under Fire For Indonesia Wages

The battle over factory pay in Indonesia "is intensifying, with vocal local trade unions joining hands with a U.S. non-governmental organisation to pressure Nike suppliers into paying minimum wages," according to Ben Bland of the FINANCIAL TIMES. A "gap is opening up between employers, who argue tha ...

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IOC Reconsidering Lifting India's Ban

The IOC has proposed to hold a meeting with the Indian Olympic Association and government representatives, maintaining that it would consider lifting the ban on India, but "only if the IOA holds elections solely under the Olympic Charter," according to the PTI. In a letter written to V.K. Malhotra, ...

Tags: Olympics, India

Women's Cricket WC Financially Snubbed

The women's cricket World Cup begins in Mumbai, India on Jan. 31, "but observers are shocked at the low-key preparations for the event," according to Indranil Basu of the TIMES OF INDIA. Int'l Cricket Council sources said that the budget for the event is $3.5M -- 45 times less than the $160M budget ...

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KT Wins Ownership Of 10th Korean Team

KT, South Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier, was selected as the owner for the country's 10th professional baseball team, and Suwon, Gyeonggi province was chosen as the team's home ground, according to Kwon Sang-soo of the KOREA JOONGANG DAILY. The Korea Baseball Organization will request approval of the ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

Hearn Sees Big Future In Table Tennis

Int'l sports promoter Barry Hearn "has challenged Hong Kong to become a major player in turning table tennis into a million-dollar glamour sport," according to Peter Simpson of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Hearn launched the World Championship of Ping Pong in London last weekend, aiming to make his ...

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AITA Defends Against Players' Claims

The All India Tennis Association refuted professional tennis player Somdev Devvarman's "claim that the players were completely unaware of the additional concessions made by the national tennis federation," saying that it had discussed the new offers with at least three players, according to the PTI. ...

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