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12/12/14
HKCA Faces Sponsorship, Cost Issues

Stringent commercial sponsorship requirements, as well as a price tag of HK$10M ($1.3M), "are proving formidable stumbling blocks" to Hong Kong hosting a leg of the World Cup track series next year, according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The Hong Kong Cycling Association and the ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

12/11/14
BCCI To Postpone Elections Until January

Still “grappling" with the Indian Premier League scam case, the Indian Supreme Court deferred on Wednesday the Board of Control for Cricket in India president's election until the end of January “even as the cricket board opposed constitution of an external high-powered committee to prop ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

12/10/14
Rakuten Buys Japanese Club Vissel Kobe

Alibaba bought a majority share in Chinese football team Guangzhou Evergrande this summer, and now Rakuten "is entering the sport in Japan after agreeing to buy Vissel Kobe," a top-flight J.League club founded in '95, according to Jon Russell of TECH CRUNCH. Unlike Alibaba which acquired a majority ...

Tags: Franchises, Japan

12/09/14
AFC To Scrap Automatic Female VP Role

Asian football "looks set to scrap its automatic female vice-presidency, held by Australia's Moya Dodd, a move that is bound to lay the region open to accusations of gender discrimination just when it has been making all manner of noises about inclusion and reform," according to Andrew Warshaw of IN ...

Tags: International Football, Asia

12/09/14
Ambani Launches ISL Grassroots Program

With "an aim to create a platform for talent-scouting" at the grassroots level across India, Football Sports Development Ltd. Founder & Chair Nita Ambani launched Indian Super League #grassroots football movement at the Dhirubhai Ambani Int'l School in Mumbai, according to the PTI. The ISL #gras ...

Tags: International Football, India

12/08/14
PyeongChang Events Could Move To Japan

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics organizers and two int'l federations "are discussing the possibility of moving some sliding competitions from the South Korean city to Japan ," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. PyeongChang's preparations for the first Asian winter Olympics outside Japan ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

12/08/14
IOC, CCTV Sign $550M Television Deal

The IOC has exploited China’s likely status as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games "to agree a bumper new broadcasting deal with China Central Television," according to THE NATION. The state broadcaster "has been awarded exclusive rights to screen the next four Games" in a de ...

Tags: Media, China

12/04/14
Silver: India The NBA's Next Frontier

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is "evaluating an option to set up an Indian basketball league and expressed hope that the country can produce some great hoopsters," according to the PTI. Silver: "An Indian league is something we continue to look at." With an increasing number of f ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

12/04/14
Woods' Hero Deal Valued At $8M Annually

Tiger Woods' four-year deal with Hero MotoCorp , based on reports in India, is valued at nearly $8M per year. Hero Managing Dir & CEO Pawan Munjal on Tuesday said that the new deal with Woods will be a critical marketing component of Hero’s entry into the U.S. Almost all of Hero’s t ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

12/04/14
Shenzhen Chief Suspected Of Corruption

Chinese media reported Shenzhen Security Chief Jiang Zunyu "allegedly funnelled construction projects for the 2011 World Student Games worth billions of yuan through his family," according to the AFP.  Jiang is suspected of “serious discipline and law violations” -- a euphemism for ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

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