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06/15/17
Force India Considering Name Change

Formula 1 team Force India co-Owner Vijay Mallya said that the team "is considering changing its name" to give it a more "international flavour" and become "more attractive to potential new sponsors," according to Barretto & Rencken of MOTORSPORT. Mallya bought the team that was formerly kn ...

Tags: Franchises, India

06/14/17
Virat Kohli Renews Deal With MRF

Cricketer Virat Kohli "has hit another century off the field," this time with tire maker MRF, according to Gaurav Laghate of the ECONOMIC TIMES. The captain of the Indian cricket team renewed his bat sponsorship deal with MRF for eight years for more than Rs 100 crore ($15M), sources said on conditi ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

06/13/17
Indian Super League Adds Two Teams

The franchise-based Indian Super League will be a 10-team affair from the '17-18 season, according to the HINDUSTAN TIMES. Bengaluru and Tata Steel (Jamshedpur) will be the two new sides in the competition. The duration of tournament "will also increase from this year." ISL organizer Football Sports ...

Tags: India, International Football

06/12/17
Indian Super League To Add Two Teams

Indian Super League organizers will on Monday "unveil two new teams" that will be part of the '17-18 season "and beyond," according to the PTI. ISL organizer Football Sports Development Ltd. will announce the winning bids. An "independent panel conducted the tender process." Consulting firm Ern ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

06/12/17
Vijay Mallya Dismisses Sale Talks

Formula 1 team Force India co-Owner Vijay Mallya "dismissed speculation of a possible sale of his team to Australian David Brabham" or former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Mallya said that he remained in it "for the long haul despite his legal problems with the Indi ...

Tags: India, Finance

06/06/17
Former Captain Wants Bigger League

Former India national football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia and former player Renedy Singh "stressed the need to have a bigger league in the country in order to accommodate more players," according to THE HINDU. Bhutia read out statistics from a survey conducted by the Football Players' Associ ...

Tags: International Football, India

06/05/17
Messi Launching Theme Park In Beijing

Chinese fans will be able to "celebrate the achievements" of Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi at a new theme park to be built in Beijing, according to Richard Martin of REUTERS. The Messi Experience Park, which is being launched by the five-time world player of the year in collaboration with Chines ...

Tags: Facilities, China

06/05/17
Adidas China To Launch TV Series For Kids

Adidas China partnered with China’s Ministry of Education and China Education Television to "launch an official TV series to teach young people football skills," according to Danielle Long of THE DRUM. The series, called "Daily Football," consists of 365 three-minute episodes, "which will air ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

06/05/17
Hotel Will Not Remove Nanjing Denial Books

A Japanese hotelier who denies that a '37 massacre by Japanese troops in Nanjing, China, ever took place has "no intention" of removing books with his revisionist views from his hotels during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, according to Elaine Lies of REUTERS. Tokyo-based hotel and real estate de ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

06/02/17
Carey Looks To Tap F1's Potential

Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey emphasized the sport’s untapped potential throughout an interview with Intersport Founder, Chair & CEO Charlie Besser at the ’17 Intersport Brand Engagement Summit. F1, which was led by Bernie Ecclestone until Liberty Media’s $8B acquisition of the spo ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia

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