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06/04/15
Baku '15 To Reach 53M Russian Households

The Baku 2015 European Games signed an agreement with national broadcaster TV Channel Russia granting the network free-to-air and pay-TV rights in the country. The agreement will ensure that 53 million Russian households will have access to coverage of the inaugural event, which will take place fro ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

06/03/15
Beijing: Serious About Anti-Discrimination

A senior official said that Beijing "takes seriously the Olympics anti-discrimination pledge it has signed in its bid to host the 2022 Winter Games" but denied knowledge of a recent crackdown on a prominent anti-discrimination group, according to Adam Rose of REUTERS. The IOC said last year that "i ...

Tags: Olympics, China

06/02/15
Star India Lands Bundesliga Rights

Star India has bagged the exclusive telecast rights to the Bundesliga for the next five seasons, from '15-16 to '19-20, according to INDIAN TELEVISION. Star India has teamed up with DFL Sports Enterprises, the sales entity of the German Football League (DFL), to air the tourney in India, Bangladesh, ...

Tags: Europe, Media, India

06/02/15
Foul-Mouthed Beijing Fans Under Fire

Beijing's city government "launched a campaign to try to clean up the language of fans" at the city's football club, who "are notorious for an aggressive chant at opposing teams and referees," according to Mandy Zuo of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. A task force visited a Beijing Guoan away game thi ...

Tags: International Football, China

06/01/15
IPL Witnesses Viewership, Ad Growth

The recently concluded Indian Premier League "saw a constant growth in each and every segment," according to INDIAN TELEVISION. This IPL, with ad revenues at more than Rs 1000 crore ($156.8M), "saw a significant fillip as compared to the previous edition." IPL 8 "also witnessed a significant growth ...

Tags: Media, India

05/29/15
China Most Promising Market For Bayern

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that "China has become Bayern Munich's most important market" as the Bundesliga club foresees "a bright picture after the nation launched a reform plan on football," according to Zheng Daojin of XINHUA. Rummenigge stressed that China "has the greatest pot ...

Tags: Franchises, Europe, China

05/28/15
Samsung Sponsors Gwangju Universiade 2015

Gwangju Universiade organizing committee and Samsung have signed a partnership agreement through which the company has agreed to provide consumer electronics goods for the Universiade. The electronics company will join the Universiade as a global premium partner, the highest level for a sponsor. It ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

05/28/15
Officials Identified In Sex Bribe Scandal

Sri Lanka Cricket said that three male officials "have been identified in the sex bribe scandal that rocked Sri Lankan women's cricket but there are no grounds or evidence to justify criminal proceedings against them," according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. Sri Lanka's sports ministry last week ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

05/27/15
Lerner Will Step Down At Aston Villa

EPL club Aston Villa Owner Randy Lerner this summer "will step down" as Chair "even if he retains ownership of the club," according to Matt Dickinson of the LONDON TIMES. Lerner "still hopes to sell Villa but has already made moves to put a new board in place if no takeover is completed." Lerner sai ...

Tags: Aston Villa, ACC, ING, ATT, UPS, China, Ugg, GE

05/27/15
Tokyo Governor Calls 2020 Bill 'Ridiculous'

The Tokyo metropolitan government has "hit out at the 'ridiculous'" $400M bill it has been "asked to foot" for the main stadium at the 2020 Olympics, according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe said, "It's out of order." Masuzoe said that he "thought the city would h ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

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