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07/15/16
Bryant In Chinese Food Delivery Ad

Kobe Bryant's latest commercial "is unexpected," according to Angela Doland of ADVERTISING AGE. He is "playing ping pong, badly, in a spot for a Chinese food delivery startup." The ad from McCann Worldgroup Shanghai "shows the retired Lakers star fighting hunger pangs as he botches a table tennis to ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

07/15/16
LET: Golf Will Be In Tokyo 2020 Games

Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh "dismissed the idea that golf will be excluded from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after a British bookmaker offered odds of 10-1 on the prospect," according to Tony Jimenez of REUTERS. A host of big-name male withdrawals from next month's Games in Rio de Janeiro " ...

Tags: Olympics, Brazil, Japan

07/15/16
New Minority Owners To Be Very Involved

New NBA Minnesota Timberwolves Minority Owners Meyer Orbach and Lizhang Jiang were in Las Vegas this week for meetings and to watch the NBA Summer League and both "made it clear" that buying into the team "was the perfect combination of business and pleasure," according to Kent Youngblood of the Min ...

Tags: Franchises, China, North America

07/14/16
Ad Starring Padukone Goes Viral

A Nike advert which starred Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was viewed more than 2 million times "in just 12 hours," according to Matt Payton of the London INDEPENDENT. The video shows "leading Indian athletes and sportswomen training together on city streets." Padukone, who has ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

07/14/16
Star To Launch Premium HD Channels

Star Sports will air the EPL, Bundesliga, F1 and the tennis grand slams on its "two new premium HD sports channels" Select HD1 and Select HD2 exclusively this August, according to Gaurav Laghate of the ECONOMIC TIMES. Star India "decided to remove these properties from its existing standard and ...

Tags: Media, India

07/14/16
Wang Jianlin Backs Football Competition

China, backed by its richest man, struck a deal with FIFA to host the first China Cup from next year, a competition that will pit its national side against three int'l "first-class" teams -- "and hopefully pave the way to football glory," according to Sue-Lin Wong of REUTERS. Chinese property tycoon ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

07/13/16
49ers To Play Rams In China In '18

The NFL San Francisco 49ers will play the L.A. Rams in a regular-season game in China in '18, according to sources. It will most likely serve as the Rams' home opener, although no date has been determined, sources said. In March, reports surfaced that the NFL wants to expand its int'l presence to Ch ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China, North America

07/13/16
Temasek Invests In One Championship

Asian mixed martial arts promoter One Championship has secured an investment from Singapore-based investment company Temasek. The MMA promoter did not reveal the percentage stake of the investment, only describing it as a substantial eight-figure amount. Wednesday's investment will put One Champions ...

Tags: Finance, Asia

07/13/16
Schalke's China Trip Generates Profit

Bundesliga side FC Schalke "has generated a profit during its recently concluded China trip," according to the Holger Rehm of SPONSORs. The club will receive €300,000 ($332,000) from the German Football League (DFL) for its Far East trip. In a ...

Tags: Finance, Europe, China

07/13/16
Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes Join IPFL

It looks like former ManU player Ryan Giggs' footballing days are not "quite behind him," despite retiring in '14, according to Samuel Lovett of the London INDEPENDENT. He is "set to return to the pitch as a player in the inaugural Indian Premier Futsal League, which gets underway this July."&n ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, India

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