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MLS Expands TV Presence In Asia

MLS has further expanded its Asian broadcast portfolio, signing a new two-year deal with Japan’s Fuji TV, and expanding its existing deal with China’s Le Sports. Fuji TV will now broadcast two MLS regular-season matches per week, as well as select MLS playoff games and MLS Cup. The leagu ...

Tags: Media, Asia, North America

'17 IPL Season Could Be Played Abroad

Board of Control of Cricket in India Secretary Anurag Thakur said that the Indian Premier League's governing council is "likely to decide" on whether the '17 edition of the "cash-rich tournament can be held abroad," according to the PTI. Thakur said, "The IPL governing council will be looking at the ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

NBA Opens Manila Office

The NBA opened an office in Manila, Philippines, as part of its commitment to grow basketball and the NBA’s business initiatives in the country. NBA Philippines Managing Dir Carlo Singson will lead a dedicated local staff to assist NBA headquarters in continuing the growth of all of the NBA&r ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

UCI Rejects HK's Rio Qualification Plans

The world cycling governing body "rejected Hong Kong’s plans of bringing forward the National Championships as part of the Olympic qualifiers in May, dealing a blow to the women’s road race team looking for more ranking points," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. T ...

Tags: Olympics, China

ICC World T20 Delivers Records

The recently concluded Int'l Cricket Council World Twenty20 set records across broadcast and digital platforms. The tournament, won by the West Indies men’s and women’s teams, which beat England and Australia in their respective finals at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 3, was the first ...

Tags: India

Can China Be A Football Superpower?

Chinese President Xi Jinping is "serious about football, and about a diverse multifaceted Chinese economy," according to Andrew Brennan of FORBES. Xi’s strategy wants 20,000 football training centers and 70,000 pitches in place by '20, while the men’s national team should be among t ...

Tags: International Football, China

BCCI Member Fears Lodha Policy

The Indian Supreme Court was told on Monday that the Lodha committee's recommendation on "one-state, one-vote" in the Board of Control for Cricket in India would lead to "enormous politics" and pressure within the board, according to the PTI. The submission made by Baroda Cricket Association to this ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

Organizers Launch Accessibility Program

Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang said Tuesday that "they have launched a program to enhance accessibility in restaurants and hotels in host cities," according to YOHAP. The Games' organizing committee said in a statement it has released the "Accessibility Recognition Program," w ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

Mumbai Wants Jaipur As Home Venue

Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians "opted for Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh Stadium as their alternative home venue, following a Bombay High Court ruling to shift all IPL matches after April 30 out of Maharashtra because of a severe state-wide drought," according to ESPN. Rising Pune Supergiants, t ...

Tags: Facilities, India

Chinese Grand Prix's Future In Doubt

The "faint echoes from those lofty declarations of China as a Formula One superpower can still be heard in some remote quarters of this vast paddock," according to Daniel Johnson of the London TELEGRAPH. No one takes them "too seriously now," more than a decade on from Shanghai’s first race. T ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

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