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Infront Broadens Asia Footprint

Infront Sports & Media closed a series of three agreements with members of the Asian Football Confederation: the Bangladesh Football Federation, the Lao Football Federation and the FA of Thailand. For each, Infront is to handle the distribution of int'l media rights for home matches, including b ...

Tags: Media, Asia

MLB Broadens Baseball Appeal In China

Unlike the "aggressive marketing" by the NBA, MLB has taken a "gradual approach to bring America's pastime to China," according to XINHUA. After an opening ceremony for the new season of the Beijing college league on Saturday, MLB Asia VP Jim Small said, "We are trying to broaden the appeal of ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

New PSSI President Vows To 'Fight' Back

The newly elected president of the Indonesia FA (PSSI) has "vowed to fight back against the government" after his governing body was "suspended" by the Youth & Sports Ministry, according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The ministry made the decision on Friday after the PSSI "continued to ig ...

Tags: International Football, Asia

Ecclestone Gives Azerbaijan The All-Clear

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said that F1 "has no qualms about holding a grand prix in Azerbaijan next year despite concerns raised by rights activists," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Ecclestone said, "Baku? No problem. That's going to be another good race." F1, heavily criticized by campaigners ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

Japanese Olympic Official Faces Scrutiny

A Japanese politician "demanded an inquiry into allegations" the vice chairman of Japan's Olympic Committee has close ties with the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest yakuza group, according to Julian Ryall of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Yoshio Maki, a member of the opposition Japan Restoration Part ...

Tags: Olympics, China

SKY Perfect Buys J.League Rights

SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. has bought the overseas broadcast rights to all J.League games in a five-year deal worth 350M yen ($2.9M) annually. The deal reportedly is five times what Japanese football was getting from its previous arrangement with World Sports Group, and covers TV and Internet rights for ...

Tags: Ally, Japan, Football, GE, ING, Asia, Europe, CES

NPB Declines Comment On Sports Lottery

Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki "declined comments regarding a recent proposal by lawmakers to make professional baseball the centerpiece of a new lottery," according to KYODO. Kumazaki: "I am aware of media reports but I have received no concrete or formal contact, and ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Japan

Asia Cup To Switch To Twenty20 Format

Outgoing Asian Cricket Council CEO Syed Ashraful Haq revealed that the Asia Cup "is set to undergo a radical change and will be a Twenty20 competition in 2016 for the first time," according to Mazher Arshad of The ACC "is to be wound down by June 30 and its operations absorbed" by the I ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

ICC Hits SLC With Funding Blow

The Int'l Cricket Council said that "it will withhold its next financial distribution due to Sri Lanka Cricket pending an investigation into possible government interference in Sri Lanka cricket," according to ESPN. SLC's board "had been dissolved by the government" last month and, on March 31, Sr ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

Hamilton Accused Of Sexist Bullying

F1 champion LEWIS HAMILTON "is facing demands that he be banned from returning to China" after his "bullying" and "sexist" celebration of his victory in the country’s grand prix on Sunday, according to Lewis & Eason of the LONDON TIMES. The British driver "aimed champagne into the face ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, China

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