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07/29/16
Tokyo 2020 Facing Cost Increases

While Rio Olympic organizers are "under immense pressure to finish preparations" before Aug. 5, their Tokyo counterparts are "already facing skyrocketing costs for an event four years away," according to the AP. Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori acknowledged at an exec board mee ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

07/28/16
Man City Hits Out At ICC Organizers

Man City Manager Pep Guardiola "has hit out at organisers of the abandoned Manchester derby in Beijing over the perilous state of the pitch at the Bird’s Nest," according to Paul Hirst of the LONDON TIMES. Man City’s first meeting with its near neighbors "on foreign soil was called off o ...

Tags: Franchises, United Kingdom, China

07/26/16
Mediacorp Unlikely To Secure Live Games

The Singapore Government is unlikely to step in with additional funding to secure "live" broadcast rights to next month's Olympic Games in Rio, according to Wong & Yee of the STRAITS TIMES. National broadcaster Mediacorp "had inked a deal with Olympics broadcast rights holder Dentsu for only del ...

Tags: Media, Asia

07/26/16
Fans Feel Left Behind In China Football

Long-time Chinese football enthusiasts like Bian Minming "fear the game is being taken away from them," according to David Stanway of REUTERS. All footballing nations "have struggled to balance the interests of commercial sponsors with those of hardcore fans," but in China, encouraged by President X ...

Tags: International Football, China

07/22/16
Hangin' With ... Carsten Cramer

CARSTEN CRAMER is the director of sales and marketing at Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, also known as BVB. Cramer, who joined the club in '10 from sports marketing agency Sportfive (now Lagardère Sports), is also in charge of the club's internationalization efforts. The German club is c ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, North America, Europe, Asia, China

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

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