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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

12/28/16
LeEco Makes Late Payment For EPL

Chinese football fans were "delivered Boxing Day relief when cash-strapped tech group LeEco made a last-minute payment to ensure it could broadcast English Premier League games, but the future of its football broadcasts still hangs in the balance," according to the FINANCIAL TIMES. The current owner ...

Tags: Media, China, United Kingdom

12/28/16
China To Lower Club Quotas

The Chinese FA announced that the country will "lower the number of overseas players allowed on domestic teams from five to four in an effort to cool the red-hot market for foreign talent," according to the AFP. Clubs in the "mega-rich Chinese Super League have splashed out" more than $400M on ...

Tags: International Football, China

12/23/16
Year In Review: Asia

Coming off a strong ’15, Asia continued to dominate sports business headlines in ’16. China still ruled the roost as far as sponsorship deals and sports investment. Asian businesses remained heavily involved in European football, with partial investments as well as full takeovers of top- ...

Tags: Year End, Asia

12/22/16
Tokyo 2020 Announces $16.8B Budget

Tokyo 2020 organizers unveiled on Wednesday a budget of $16.8B for hosting the next Summer Games and "vowed to seek further savings" in cooperation with the IOC which "has been calling for them to cut costs," according to Chris Gallagher of REUTERS. At an open meeting of a four-party working group t ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

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