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05/20/16
One Championship Set To Conquer Asia

Mixed martial arts promoter One Championship wants to be in every major Asian city and more than 2 billion homes within the next three-to-five years, according to Chair ‎Chatri Sityodtong‎. In less than five years, One Championship has already become a leading sports media property, with its ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

05/20/16
Chinese Team Could Join NBL

The Australian National Basketball League drew up plans for a team in China -- which would be based part-time on the Gold Coast -- "to be up and running within two years," according to Nick Smart of the HERALD SUN. The NBL has sought approval from the Chinese Basketball Association and FIBA "for a n ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Australia, China

05/20/16
Tokyo Chief Denies Payment Knowledge

The head of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics bid team on Thursday said that "he knew nothing about a multi-million-dollar payment made to a Singaporean firm linked to a disgraced athletics official despite being tasked with overseeing other consulting contracts," according to KYODO. A day after Japan Oly ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/20/16
Japanese Firms Supporting Paralympics

As Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, "an increasing number of Japanese companies are throwing their support behind athletes with disabilities," according to KYODO. From hiring athletes to developing clothing for them, "a wide range of firms are getting involved." Toyot ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/19/16
Delhi To Get New Cricket Stadium

Int'l cricket "may soon cut its long-term ties" with the Feroz Shah Kotla and "find a new home on the outskirts of the city," according to Indranil Basu of the TIMES OF INDIA. The Delhi & District Cricket Association is planning to build a "brand new stadium between Dwarka and Najafgarh, close t ...

Tags: Facilities, India

05/19/16
ISL Named Premier Competition

The fledgling Indian Super League, now only in its third year, "will enjoy the status of being India's premier football competition at the cost of the I-League," according to Marcus Mergulhao of the TIMES OF INDIA. The All India Football Federation and its marketing partner, IMG-Reliance, which ...

Tags: International Football, India

05/19/16
Tokyo 2020 Bid Will Be Investigated

A Japanese official who led the successful bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said on Wednesday that the Japanese Olympic Committee "plans to investigate the bidding after questions were raised about payments by the bid committee," according to Lies & Grohmann of REUTERS. Media has reported "the bi ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

05/19/16
Alibaba, FIFA In Talks For Sponsorship

Sources said that Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is "discussing becoming a top sponsor of FIFA," a partnership that would strengthen the ties between China’s power brokers and global football’s top execs, according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Alibaba would become the ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

05/18/16
90min Forms Minute Media

Football media platform 90min announced that it has reorganized by creating a new parent holding company called Minute Media. Minute Media will serve as the corporate brand for 90min, as well as for the soon-to-be-launched brands in the U.S., India and Germany. All Minute Media brands are powered by ...

Tags: Media, Europe, North America, India

05/17/16
Japan To Fully Cooperate With Inquiry

Japan’s prime minister "has promised to cooperate fully with French authorities investigating suspicious payments made to a secret bank account alleged to have helped Tokyo secure the 2020 Olympics," according to McCurry & Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Japan PM Shinzo Abe: “I have i ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

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