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Japan Needs To Grasp Magnitude Of RWC

World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper admitted Tuesday that he was "still slightly concerned the Japanese government and population at large has not grasped how big an event Rugby World Cup 2019 will be," according to KYODO. He said, "I honestly don't believe the Japanese are aware as to how big an event thi ...

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BCCI Set For IPL Media Rights Windfall

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is "poised for a windfall with the media rights auction of its most prized property," the Indian Premier League, according to Gaurav Laghate of the TIMES OF INDIA. The India subcontinent TV rights for the IPL "are up for grabs for 10 IPL seasons" ('18-2 ...

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Tokyo Governor Calls For Cost Cap

Japan’s government "should shield Tokyo from the ballooning cost of hosting the next Olympics," the city’s new governor has demanded, saying contracts to carry out work for the 2020 Games "have been systematically overpriced," according to Robin Harding of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Yuriko Koi ...

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NBA Expands BesTV Deal In China

NBA China and BesTV, a member of the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group, announced a multi-year expansion of their partnership to deliver NBA games and programming to fans in China. The announcement was made on Sunday in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena by SMG President Wang Jianjun and NBA Commission ...

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Indian Court Threatens To Stop Funding

The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday "warned that there will be no domestic cricket matches" if the Board of Control for Cricket in India and its members "do not fall in line" with the Lodha committee reforms, and "threatened to pass an order within 24 hours to stop all BCCI payments to the State cr ...

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KOC To Focus On Finances, Athletes

Lee Kee-heung, elected head of the Korean Olympic Committee on Wednesday, said that "his main focus will be on achieving financial independence for his organization and creating jobs for retired athletes," according to Yoo Jee-ho of YONHAP. Lee, who earned 294 of 892 votes to beat Chang Ho-sung, a u ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

New Jamaican Bobsled Unveiled

A new bobsleigh model "developed by about 60 small factory operators in Tokyo for the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation was unveiled Wednesday in the Japanese capital," according to KYODO. A committee promoting the "Shitamachi Bobsleigh" project showed the new "Shitamachi Special" for two riders, painted ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

NBL Taps Into Chinese TV Market

Australia's National Basketball League has "locked in the biggest audience of keen basketball eyes signing a deal to show every game this season live in China," according to Russell Gould of the HERALD SUN. Two different broadcasters, Youku -- described as the YouTube of China -- and sports web ...

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Three-On-Three May Enter Tokyo Games

Asia's "growing fascination" with three-on-three basketball has given FIBA "fresh hope that it can get the sport into" the 2020 Tokyo Games, according to Julian Linden of the AFP. FIBA's previous attempts to win Olympic status for the abbreviated format have failed, but the governing body is "more o ...

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ECB To Meet BCCI Over Champions Trophy

Officials from the England & Wales Cricket Board will meet with their counterparts from India next week to "discover the seriousness of threats to pull out of next year’s Champions Trophy," according to Nick Hoult of the London TELEGRAPH. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is "besie ...

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