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12/14/16
Battle Continues After Jordan’s Victory

Michael Jordan’s recent trademark victory in China could be a turning point in the country’s treatment of foreign sports entities and brands, but lawyer Matthew Asbell said the battle is far from over. Asbell, a partner in the N.Y. office of intellectual property law firm Ladas & P ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China, North America

12/12/16
Tokyo Breaks Ground On New Stadium

Tokyo "held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday" for a $1.5B National Stadium to host the 2020 Olympic Games, according to the AP. Japan PM Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries "launched the construction at the site of the demolished National Stadium, which was used during t ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/09/16
Ironman To Expand Events Portfolio

Ironman is planning to continue its global expansion by adding other endurance sports, beyond triathlon, to its event portfolio, company CMO Chris Stadler said. Ironman’s parent company, World Triathlon Corp., was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group in Aug. ’15 in a $650M deal. ...

Tags: Franchises, North America, China

12/09/16
Tendulkar Takes Stake In PBL Club

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar "ventured into the world of badminton" on Thursday when he was announced as co-owner of Premier Badminton League franchise Bengaluru Blasters alongside Tollywood actors including Chiranjeevi, according to the PTI. Bengaluru Blasters co-Owner Nimmagadda Prasad ...

Tags: India, Franchises

12/09/16
Court Rules In Favor Of Jordan

China’s top court has ruled that Michael Jordan has rights "over the Chinese translation of his surname, cancelling several trademarks that a local sports company registered to market products from swimsuits to soy milk," according to Tom Hancock of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The former NBA Chicago ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

12/07/16
IOC Unsure Of Refugee Team In Tokyo

The IOC said that the newly formed refugee team competing at this year's Olympics "was one of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro but it is not clear if it will compete at the 2020 Games in Tokyo," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The IOC unveiled its first team of refugees in June "in an ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/07/16
Anta, Thompson Negotiating Contract Extension

Chinese shoe brand Anta has reportedly made NBA Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson a "new multi-year shoe deal extension offer that would place him among the highest earning footwear endorsers in the league," according to Nick DePaula of NICE KICKS. Thompson's representatives at BDA Sports M ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

12/06/16
Cricket Australia Execs To Quiz Howard

Cricket Australia Team Performance Manager Pat Howard "is expected to be quizzed by CA directors on the shortcomings of the Australian Test team this summer" and about the high-performance structures in general at a board meeting in Melbourne on Thursday, according to Chris Barrett of the SYDNEY MOR ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

12/05/16
IOC Urging Tokyo To Set Budget

The IOC called on Tokyo to "show a sense of urgency" about finalizing its budget for the 2020 Summer Games, noting that "costs will continue to increase the longer it takes," according to Elaine Lies of REUTERS. Tokyo 2020 organizers "vowed to keep costs below" $20B. IOC VP John Coates, in Tokyo for ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/02/16
China Returns To UCI WorldTour

China will "return to global cycling's most prestigious circuit with a new stage race next year after the country's richest man, Wang Jianlin, announced an agreement" with the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) on Thursday, according to Jake Spring of REUTERS. The first race, part of a revised UCI WorldTour ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

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