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01/18/17
2018 Games Are Clean, Chief Says

The chief organizer for the 2018 Winter Olympics said Tuesday that "there is no room for corruption in the country's first-ever Winter Games," according to Baek Byung-yeul of the KOREA TIMES. PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympics (POCOG) President Lee Hee-beom said that the Gam ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

01/17/17
Seibu Dome To Be Renamed MetLife Dome

Japanese Pacific League club Seibu Lions announced its stadium "will be known as MetLife Dome for the next five years," according to KYODO. The venue, originally known as Seibu Stadium, "opened when the club relocated from Fukuoka" in '79. A roof was erected over the hilltop ballpark in the out ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Japan

01/16/17
Chinese FA Imposing Foreign Player Quota

Teams in the Chinese Super League can "only field three foreign players in a game following the introduction of new rules," according to Mark Ashenden of SKY SPORTS. China's domestic football league will kick off in March "with its popularity gaining momentum following the recent acquisition of star ...

Tags: International Football, China

01/11/17
Japan PM, Tokyo Governor Meet

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike agreed Tuesday to "work together to ensure the success of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, eschewing for now talks on how the financial burden should be shared," according to KYODO. Koike said after meeting with Abe in the PM’ ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

01/10/17
NHL Looking To Stage Games In China

Later this month, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly "will take a business trip to China," according to Josh Cooper of YAHOO. Along with other items on his itinerary, Daly "hopes to get a better sense on whether NHL games in China are practical, paving the way for more involvement" from the league in ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

01/09/17
NBA Streams Game On Facebook Live

The NBA live streamed a game on Facebook for the first time, "but only to users in India," according to Taylor Soper of GEEK WIRE. The league streamed the Sacramento Kings vs. Golden State Warriors game on Sunday "for free on its Facebook page, as well as those of the Kings and Warriors." The stream ...

Tags: Media, India, North America

01/06/17
Rio Table Tennis Reached 552 Million

A "stunning" 552 million TV viewers "watched table tennis at the 2016 Rio Olympics when China dominated the event," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Figures released by the Int'l Table Tennis Federation "showed the two top markets were China and Japan, the two countries ...

Tags: Olympics, Brazil, Asia

01/04/17
CSL Spending May Be Slowed

While the spending associated with Chinese football over the past 18 months has "shaken up the game's global order, the mood within the sport in the world's most populous nation has been steadily shifting," according to Michael Church of ESPN.com. Politically, socially and at an administrative level ...

Tags: International Football, China

01/03/17
Mercedes-Benz Extends Shanghai Rights

Mercedes-Benz extended its partnership with AEG and Oriental Pearl Group for the naming rights of Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai until '25 -- an additional five years beyond the existing 10-year naming rights deal negotiated by arena operator AEG, which started in '11. On Dec. 30, Mercedes-Benz Are ...

Tags: Facilities, China

12/30/16
NFL Signs Deal With China's Sina Weibo

The NFL has "struck a deal with social media platform Sina Weibo to live stream key games including the Super Bowl for the first time on the Chinese social network," according to Jessica Goodfellow of THE DRUM. The service has "already streamed six regular games from the NFL in recent weeks." T ...

Tags: Media, China

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