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MLB Signs Deal With Chinese Media Outfit

MLB last night announced a wide-ranging, three-year deal with Chinese media and technology outfit Le Sports that will bring live-streamed games to China for the first time. The deal, which was announced at the '16 CES in Las Vegas, arrived out of MLB’s int'l department and was spearheaded by S ...

Tags: Media, China

Bollywood, Cricket Set To Face Off

Bollywood and cricket "are often referred to as the two popular religions of India," according to Prashant Singh of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. The upcoming few months "will see the Indian cricket team play back-to-back tournaments." The upcoming India tour to Australia "will mark the beginning of a long c ...

Tags: Media, India

Wanda Buys Majority Stake In Legendary

A person familiar with the matter said that Chinese property and investment firm Dalian Wanda Group "has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Legendary Entertainment," valuing the U.S. movie studio company at between $3B and $4B, according to Liana Baker of REUTERS. The move represents Wanda's late ...

Tags: Finance, China, North America

Pakistan Cricket Board Chair Blasts Australia

Pakistan Cricket Board Chair Shaharyar Khan said on Wednesday that Australia "should be fined after they pulled out of the junior World Cup over security fears in host country Bangladesh, blasting officials for creating a potentially 'anarchic' situation in world cricket," according to the AFP. On T ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

Aichi To Bid For 2026 Asian Games

Aichi Prefecture Governor Hideaki Omura said that the region "will bid to host the 2026 Asian Games, with Nagoya expected to be the main venue," according to KYODO. If Aichi lands the 20th edition of the event known as Asiad, "it will be the third time Japan will play host." The Aichi Prefectural Go ...

Tags: CES, Asia, ACC, ING, Japan, GE, Facilities, Rugby

BCCI Considering Use Of Pink Balls

The first ever pink-ball Test match between Australia and New Zealand in November "seems to have opened the doors for pink ball cricket in India as well," with the Board of Control for Cricket in India "thinking about introducing the day-night fare in the Duleep Trophy next season," according to Ash ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, India

Lodha Committee Proposes BCCI Reforms

The Indian Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel "recommended on Monday barring ministers and government officials from holding office in the Board of Control for Cricket in India and legalising betting in sweeping measures to clean up the scandal-ridden sports body," according to the HINDUSTAN TIMES. ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

Japan To Boost Cyberattack Drills

Japanese government sources on Saturday said that it "plans to increase the number and scale of exercises aimed at countering cyberattacks during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," according to the JAPAN TIMES. The drills, held about six times a year and involving ministry and agency officials, "will be incr ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

Star Sports To Be Title Sponsor Of PBL

Star Sports has signed up as the title sponsor for the Premier Badminton League, which will see the world’s top players "square off in India’s largest badminton tournament," according to THE HINDU. Given the competition’s stature as well as India’s prominence on badminton&rsq ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

BCCI Awaits Lodha Committee Report

Trying to rebuild its "tattered image after a spate of controversies," the Board of Control for Cricket in India "is waiting anxiously for the Justice Lodha Committee's report which is set to recommend a host of reforms for the cricket body on Monday," according to the PTI. While the three-member co ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

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