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11/18/16
Barcelona Deal Includes Friendly In Japan

Barcelona's new four-year, €220M ($235.2M) sponsorship deal with Asian e-commerce company Rakuten includes an "obligation to play at least one friendly in Japan in the coming years," according to Samuel Marsden of ESPN.com. Club VP Manel Arroyo said that there "would definitely be one game an ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Japan

11/18/16
EPL Lands $600M TV Deal In China

The Premier League's new TV deal in China "will see the top flight earn 12 times as much per season as the previous agreement," according to Amitai Winehouse of the London DAILY MAIL. The rights have been purchased by Suning's PPTV streaming service for $600M over three seasons. Suning's deal "will ...

Tags: Media, China, United Kingdom

11/16/16
Japan Implementing HIA

The decision to "shore up" player welfare standards in Japan was a "no-brainer" as there are some "major concerns" about standards in the country, according to former All Blacks player Josh Blackie. Japan is to host the Rugby World Cup in '19 but critics have expressed concern about the readiness of ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Japan

11/14/16
Pac-12, Alibaba Extend Partnership

The Pac-12 Conference and Alibaba Group signed a two-year extension to their partnership to support the annual Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai. The Pac-12 China Game is regular season U.S. collegiate men’s basketball game played annually in Shanghai. The game has become the flagship event of Pac ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

11/11/16
Organizers Seeking Government Funding

Organizers will seek around HK$5M ($644,587) from the government's major sports event fund "to pay for next year’s surf skiing International Canoe Federation Ocean Racing World Championships," which will be held in Hong Kong for the first time in Nov. '17, according to Andrew Mullen of the SOU ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

11/11/16
Chinese Football Aligning With OBOR

Many western observers "probably still believe that Europe’s top clubs remain the most coveted football targets for China and its investors," and there are "good reasons for such beliefs," according to Simon Chadwick of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. But "is it misplaced?" Could it "actual ...

Tags: Finance, China

11/11/16
Low Turnout For England-India Test

Observant Test cricket fans would have noticed that India supporters are "failing to fill out the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium during the first Test," according to Anthony Hay of the London DAILY MAIL. Watch any of the action on TV and "you will see the different colours of the stadium sea ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, India, United Kingdom

11/10/16
Fukushima May Host Baseball, Softball

Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers on Wednesday "gave the green light for disaster-affected Fukushima Prefecture to host baseball and softball games," according to Andrew McKirdy of the JAPAN TIMES. Three cities -- Fukushima, Koriyama and Iwaki -- are "under consideration to stage part of the competition ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

11/09/16
China Driving To Develop Rugby

Football's growth drive into China has "hit the headlines over the past couple of years," but now rugby union is also "looking for a blossoming of awareness and investment in the world's most populous nation, where the government has recently embarked on developing domestic sport over the coming dec ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

11/09/16
ISL, I-League Merger 'Unlikely'

All India Football Federation President Praful Patel said that the "much talked about merger" of the Indian Super League and I-League "may not happen next year," according to Dhiman Sarkar of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. Patel said, "We would have liked it to happen in 2017, we still do, but it looks unlike ...

Tags: International Football, India

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