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Chinese Hoopster Getting Jordan Shoe Model

Basketball player Guo Ailun, who in the spring signed as Jordan Brand's first Chinese endorser, is set to become the "first international athlete to have his own Jordan signature sneaker," according to Nick DePaula of Negotiated by Wasserman, the shoe deal will pay Guo more than $3M annual ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

China Snubs 'Little Olympics' In Taiwan

Mainland China boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the "latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides," according to the AFP. The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest s ...

Tags: Olympics, China

Nonprofit To Set Up LGBT Hospitality In Tokyo

A Japanese nonprofit group said Wednesday that it is "preparing to set up a hospitality venue welcoming LGBT athletes and fans during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in an effort to boost diversity at the events," according to KYODO. Similar spaces for LGBT athletes and fans called "Pride Ho ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Yonhap Introduces 'Robot Reporter'

Yonhap News Agency introduced an automated reporting system to produce news on EPL games, a milestone in its efforts to improve coverage and expand technology-based journalism. The news wire service of South Korea on Monday unveiled its Soccerbot software powered by an algorithm which imitates the w ...

Tags: Media, Asia

ICC Women's World Cup Reached Millions

More than 180 million people are estimated to have watched this summer's Int'l Cricket Council Women's World Cup. There was also an almost 300% increase in viewing hours compared to the last edition in '13. Viewership increased significantly in all territories, including an eight-fold increase in vi ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, India

BCCI To Award Team Selectors

The BCCI announced it will award Rs 15 lakh ($23,467) each to members of the men's and women's team selection committee, according to the INDIAN EXPRESS. The decision "was taken" at the meeting of the BCCI office bearers and the Indian Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators for sel ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

Ovechkin Hopes To Represent Russia

While the NHL has been "firm" on its position to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, NHL Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is "still hopeful" he can represent his native Russia in PyeongChang, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan of the WASHINGTON POST. Ovechkin said, "We'll hope I'll ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia, Asia

Chinese Investor Reportedly Eyes ManU

A "mystery Chinese investor is attempting to buy a stake" in ManU, amid mounting rumors of "a split in the Glazer family over ownership of the club," according to Dunkley & Dey of the SUNDAY TIMES. Intermediaries "claiming to act for an un ...

Tags: Franchises, United Kingdom, Asia

Tokyo Organizers Accepting Mascot Ideas

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics on Tuesday "began accepting applications from the public" on ideas for the Games' official mascots, according to Ayano Shimizu of KYODO. Japanese nationals and foreign residents can "submit designs and profiles of mascots electronically" unt ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

ICC Needs BCCI Cooperation

Cricket was last played in the Olympics in the 1900 Paris Games and now the Int'l Cricket Council is "pushing for a return of the T20 variant of the sport" in the '24 event, according to Dwaipayan Datta of TNN. But for that to happen, the ICC needs the Board of Control for Cricket in India, "a firm ...

Tags: Olympics, India

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