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08/29/16
TJ Sport Taking Over Lampre-Merida

Chinese company TJ Sport Consultation is the "new license holders" of Italian cycling team Lampre-Merida, according to CYCLING NEWS. TJ Sport Consultation "replaces CGS Cycling as the holding agent to create China's first WorldTour team" from the '17 season. A Chinese naming rights sponsor "is ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

08/26/16
Stadium Goods Tapping Into China

Chinese sneaker enthusiasts "will soon have access" to popular shoes thanks to a partnership between N.Y.-based retail and consignment store Stadium Goods and Tmall Global, an extension of Alibaba’s business-to-consumer operation, according to Louise Liu of BUSINESS INSIDER. Stadium Goods ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia, United Kingdom

08/26/16
AFC Partners With JTBC

The Asian Football Confederation signed a deal with South Korean cable broadcaster JTBC for the exclusive rights to broadcast the AFC’s portfolio of football events in South Korea from the '17 season to '20. The agreement includes broadcasting rights across 12 competitions at both the club and ...

Tags: Media, Asia

08/26/16
Everbright Confirms Liverpool Proposal

Sources close to Chinese conglomerate Everbright said that the firm's offer for Liverpool "is real and in discussion," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Reports on Wednesday in the Asian business press said that Everbright "knew nothing of the proposal are wrong," and the pr ...

Tags: Finance, China, United Kingdom

08/26/16
Wang Jianlin Fires Warning

China Inc.'s record "burst of investment in global football could leave investors burnt and out of pocket," says China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, in the "highest profile warning yet" on a $4B splurge since '15 that has "stunned European football," according to Miller & Zhang of REUTERS. The Da ...

Tags: Finance, China

08/25/16
Floodlight Blackouts Mar Pink Ball Test

India’s experiment with the pink ball in the Duleep Trophy domestic championship "met with major embarrassment after floodlight failure interrupted play for over an hour" in the day-night match on Monday, according to the AFP. The Duleep Trophy, a four-day triangular competition which traditi ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, India

08/24/16
BCCI For Transparency In IPL Media Rights

In a bid "to maintain transparency and fairness" in awarding the lucrative Indian Premier League media rights, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has told Sony Max "to join the bidding process with other interested bidders," according to the PTI. Sony Max "had the TV rights since IPL's incept ...

Tags: Media, India

08/24/16
Pink Cricket Balls Debut In India

India's Duleep Trophy domestic championship "began staging its first match under floodlights Tuesday, experimenting with a pink ball in a likely precursor to the advent of day-night Tests in cricket's biggest market," according to the AFP. Organizers of the Duleep Trophy, "a four-day triangular tour ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

08/23/16
Japan PM Featured In Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony for Rio 2016 "was passing off as expected" until Japan PM Shinzo Abe "popped out of a giant green pipe dressed up as video game character Mario from the Super Mario games, one of Japan's best-known exports," according to the BBC. It was then "the world got a clue" that, for Toky ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan, Brazil

08/23/16
Rival Suitors Eyeing Liverpool Stake

A consortium led by state-owned financial conglomerate Everbright is reportedly "not the only Chinese group to have looked at investing in English football giant Liverpool, with the club attracting interest from Fosun, property-to-film group Dalian ...

Tags: Finance, China, United Kingdom

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