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07/21/16
Sonny Wu Said To Lead AC Milan Deal

Sources said that "Chinese dealmaker" Sonny Wu, whose business holdings span renewable energy and lighting, "is leading the proposed takeover" of Serie A side AC Milan, according to Browning & Panja of BLOOMBERG. The sources said that Wu’s private equity firm GSR Capital "is the main inves ...

Tags: Franchises, China, Europe

07/21/16
Sponsors Cash In On ManU Tour

In the "cash-rich world" of ManU's pre-season tours, "it is a necessary evil -- the time of year when the club’s many financial backers claim their pound of flesh," according to Mark Ogden of the London INDEPENDENT. ManU’s chartered fli ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

07/20/16
Man City Returns To U.S. In '17

Cracking the U.S. market has become a top priority for European football clubs, but Man City is taking a different approach than the rest. Compared to its competitors, Man City’s owner City Football Group operates four top-flight football clubs on four continents -- New York City FC (MLS), Mel ...

Tags: Franchises, United Kingdom, North America, China

07/20/16
Court Recommends BCCI Reforms

The Indian Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee on Monday recommended "sweeping reforms" for the "controversy-ridden" Board of Control for Cricket in India, suggesting "a bar on ministers from occupying positions, putting a cap on the age and tenure of the office-bearers and legalising betting," ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

07/20/16
Broadcasters Spared By Court

In a "major relief to sports broadcasters," the Indian Supreme Court has accepted all of Lodha Committee’s recommendations "except for the one that required the Indian cricket board to revise broadcast rights contracts to ensure that ads are played only during breaks," according to TELEVISION ...

Tags: Media, India

07/20/16
CAFL Partners With Hupu Sports

Chinese sports media portal Hupu Sports has agreed to a "strategic agreement with the China Arena Football League," according to Pu Yang of YUTANG SPORTS. Under the deal Hupu Sports "will provide digital marketing and media management services to help promote CAFL through various media platform ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

07/19/16
Reliance Jio Backs Indian Contingent

The Indian Olympic contingent will be sponsored by Reliance Jio, the digital services arm of Reliance Industries Ltd., "which has won the rights to be the ‘Principal Partner’ at the quadrennial extravaganza," according to the PTI. It is "another key milestone in the company's endeav ...

Tags: Olympics, India

07/19/16
Thousands Arrested In Gambling Raids

Interpol said that more than 4,000 people have been arrested worldwide and more than $13M seized across Asia "in operations targeting illegal gambling during the Euro 2016 football tournament," according to Lefevre & Zaharia of REUTERS. The global police cooperation agency, which called the ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

07/18/16
Overseas IPL Faces Opposition

For the "first time in a long time," the "all-powerful" Board of Control for Cricket in India "saw itself sidelined by other member boards" of the Int'l Cricket Council at the recent annual conference of the game's governing body in Edinburgh early this month, according to K. Shriniwas Rao of t ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

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

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