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08/04/16
BCCI Against Two-Tier Test System

Board of Control for Cricket in India President Anurag Thakur said that his board "will oppose the proposed two-tier Test system" to "protect the interests" of smaller member nations, according to ESPN.com. As the head of the BCCI, Thakur's statement "lends heft to the criticism of the proposal ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

08/04/16
Full Swing Golf Partners With Alisports

China’s Alisports and U.S. golf simulator manufacturer Full Swing Golf are taking advantage of the thawing of the Chinese government's relationship with golf. The companies are partnering to help grow the game in a country that, only this year, lifted its ban on the sport. While the ban has be ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

08/02/16
The Basketball Tournament Expands

The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event in which former pros and reunited college teams compete for $2M, "is expanding to China in a partnership with former NBA All-Star Yao Ming," according to Eben Novy-Williams of BLOOMBERG. Tournament co-Founder Jon Mugar said that Yao and Beijing Star ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

08/01/16
Tokyo Elects First Ever Female Governor

Yurikio Koike Tokyo "elected its first ever female governor, putting Yuriko Koike in charge of the city’s troubled preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games after she defied prime minister Shinzo Abe and the po ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

08/01/16
Bayern Considers Tie-Up With MLS Team

Bayern Munich is considering teaming up with a Major League Soccer franchise to support football's growth in the U.S., club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "Maybe we have to think about how we can partner with U.S. teams from the MLS, to support them and show them how business is run in Germany and ...

Tags: Franchises, Europe, North America, China

08/01/16
ICC Organizers Shrug Off Poor Turnout

Saturday's AET Int'l Challenge Cup featuring Juventus drew a "less than enthusiastic response from fans in what turned out to be a money-losing venture at Hong Kong Stadium," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. About 14,000 people "turned out to watch the match, which saw ...

Tags: Asia, International Football

07/29/16
DHL, Bayern To Expand Into New Markets

DHL intends to expand its global partnership with Bayern Munich into new markets after successfully launching the club’s official online store in China last year. DHL eCommerce, a division of the global logistics company, developed a turn-key solution for the Bundesliga club on Chinese e-comme ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Europe, China, North America

07/29/16
TrueVisions Gets EPL Rights

TrueVisions, Thailand's biggest pay-TV operator, "has successfully acquired" sublicensing rights from Qatar-based beIN Sports to broadcast English Premier League football matches for the next three seasons, according to Nanat Suchiva of the BANGKOK ...

Tags: Media, Asia

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

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