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12/19/16
Tokyo Organizers Estimate Total Costs

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee reportedly "estimates the total cost of hosting the 2020 Games" at between 1.6T yen ($13.5B) and 1.8T yen ($15B), according to KYODO. The central, Tokyo metropolitan and other governments will be asked to put up between 1.11T yen ($9.4B) and 1.34T yen ($11.4B), ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/16/16
Hangin' With ... Marin Minamiya

MARIN MINAMIYA is a 19-year-old Japanese college student and the first female global ambassador of Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo. She has made a name for herself by conquering the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, as well as a trip to the South Pole. Up next on her bucket list is the ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Japan

12/15/16
India Sets Sights On 2026 World Cup

Cricket-loving India "is a sleeping giant as far as football is concerned," according to THE NATIONAL. The national side is 137th in the world rankings and, "on the only occasion" it qualified for the World Cup in '50, pulled out "without kicking a ball." However, the country of 1.3 billio ...

Tags: International Football, India

12/15/16
Oscar To SIPG Will Break Transfer Record

China’s winter transfer window "looks set to open with a bang" as Chelsea midfielder Oscar is set to join Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG in the "latest record-breaking deal," according to James Porteous of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The Brazil int'l said that "the move is all but d ...

Tags: International Football, China

12/14/16
Battle Continues After Jordan’s Victory

Michael Jordan’s recent trademark victory in China could be a turning point in the country’s treatment of foreign sports entities and brands, but lawyer Matthew Asbell said the battle is far from over. Asbell, a partner in the N.Y. office of intellectual property law firm Ladas & P ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China, North America

12/12/16
Tokyo Breaks Ground On New Stadium

Tokyo "held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday" for a $1.5B National Stadium to host the 2020 Olympic Games, according to the AP. Japan PM Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries "launched the construction at the site of the demolished National Stadium, which was used during t ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/09/16
Ironman To Expand Events Portfolio

Ironman is planning to continue its global expansion by adding other endurance sports, beyond triathlon, to its event portfolio, company CMO Chris Stadler said. Ironman’s parent company, World Triathlon Corp., was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group in Aug. ’15 in a $650M deal. ...

Tags: Franchises, North America, China

12/09/16
Tendulkar Takes Stake In PBL Club

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar "ventured into the world of badminton" on Thursday when he was announced as co-owner of Premier Badminton League franchise Bengaluru Blasters alongside Tollywood actors including Chiranjeevi, according to the PTI. Bengaluru Blasters co-Owner Nimmagadda Prasad ...

Tags: India, Franchises

12/09/16
Court Rules In Favor Of Jordan

China’s top court has ruled that Michael Jordan has rights "over the Chinese translation of his surname, cancelling several trademarks that a local sports company registered to market products from swimsuits to soy milk," according to Tom Hancock of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The former NBA Chicago ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China

12/07/16
IOC Unsure Of Refugee Team In Tokyo

The IOC said that the newly formed refugee team competing at this year's Olympics "was one of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro but it is not clear if it will compete at the 2020 Games in Tokyo," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The IOC unveiled its first team of refugees in June "in an ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

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