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05/19/16
ISL Named Premier Competition

The fledgling Indian Super League, now only in its third year, "will enjoy the status of being India's premier football competition at the cost of the I-League," according to Marcus Mergulhao of the TIMES OF INDIA. The All India Football Federation and its marketing partner, IMG-Reliance, which ...

Tags: International Football, India

05/19/16
Tokyo 2020 Bid Will Be Investigated

A Japanese official who led the successful bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said on Wednesday that the Japanese Olympic Committee "plans to investigate the bidding after questions were raised about payments by the bid committee," according to Lies & Grohmann of REUTERS. Media has reported "the bi ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/19/16
Alibaba, FIFA In Talks For Sponsorship

Sources said that Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is "discussing becoming a top sponsor of FIFA," a partnership that would strengthen the ties between China’s power brokers and global football’s top execs, according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Alibaba would become the ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

05/18/16
90min Forms Minute Media

Football media platform 90min announced that it has reorganized by creating a new parent holding company called Minute Media. Minute Media will serve as the corporate brand for 90min, as well as for the soon-to-be-launched brands in the U.S., India and Germany. All Minute Media brands are powered by ...

Tags: Media, Europe, North America, India

05/17/16
Japan To Fully Cooperate With Inquiry

Japan’s prime minister "has promised to cooperate fully with French authorities investigating suspicious payments made to a secret bank account alleged to have helped Tokyo secure the 2020 Olympics," according to McCurry & Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Japan PM Shinzo Abe: “I have i ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/16/16
Tokyo 2020 Admits Payments To Diack

The Tokyo 2020 bid committee "admitted making payments" of more than $2M to an account linked to the son of disgraced former IAAF President Lamine Diack but insisted that "they were above-board consultancy fees," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Former Tokyo Bid Committee Presid ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/13/16
Tokyo 2020 Bid Investigated

French financial prosecutors confirmed they are investigating allegations of “corruption and money laundering” involving more than $2M in suspicious payments apparently made by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid to a secret bank account linked to the son of disgraced former IAAF President Lamine ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/12/16
Questions Swarming 2020 Tokyo Games

A seven-figure payment from the "successful Tokyo Olympic bid team to a notorious account" linked to the son of the disgraced former IAAF President Lamine Diack was apparently made during the race to host the 2020 Games, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. The alleged payment of ar ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/11/16
BCCI President Manohar Resigns

Shashank Manohar "resigned as the president" of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday, as the embattled organization comes under growing pressure from the country's top court "to introduce wide-ranging reforms," according to the AFP. Manohar wrote to BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur to an ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

05/11/16
IndyCar Set To Race In China This Fall

IndyCar is planning a non-championship 600-mile race in Beijing this October, "some five weeks after the season finale" at Sonoma Raceway, according to David Malsher of MOTORSPORT.com. The event is scheduled for Oct. 22-23 "around a 2.56-mile street course in the city’s Fengtai ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

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