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12/30/13
Paddy Power Pulls Support Of Rodman

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power "has withdrawn its sponsorship" of former NBA player Dennis Rodman's visits to North Korea, saying that it was "a result of general condemnation of Pyongyang," according to Padraic Halpin of REUTERS. Rodman returned on Monday "from a four-day trip to isolated North Korea ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

12/30/13
J.League Club Waits For New Stadium

J.League club Gamba Osaka "will move into a brand-new stadium as early as 2016," according to Kaz Nagatsuka of the JAPAN TIMES. The club's new stadium "will be built in an unprecedented way." In '10, the club "launched a fundraising organization and the project kicked off in earnest." As of Thursday ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

12/30/13
NBA Kings Ink Deal With Indian Company

The NBA Sacramento Kings on Thursday announced that they "have agreed to a corporate sponsorship with Indian development company The Krrish Group," according to Ryan Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The Kings "continue to expand their links" to India following the purchase of the franchise by Kings Man ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India, North America

12/30/13
Korea To Boost English Sports Websites

The Korean government "will have key pro sports organizations create or strengthen websites in English next year, while pushing for an online portal for all pro sports," according to Jung Min-ho of the KOREA TIMES. Culture, Sports & Tourism Vice Minister Kim Chong said, "English websites for a ...

Tags: Media, Asia

12/30/13
Tokyo Olympics Committee Preps Launch

Sources said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee "will likely be launched on Jan. 24, whether it has a chairman or not," according to KYODO. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japanese Olympic Committee "want to launch the committee by the beginning of February after selecting ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/24/13
Indonesian Footballers Seek Salaries

The Association of Indonesian Professional Football Players (APPI) said that six football players have taken legal recourse and have reported their respective clubs to the All Indonesia FA (PSSI) for its "failure to pay the players overdue salaries," according to Haikal Pasha of the JAKARTA GLOBE. ...

Tags: International Football, Asia

12/23/13
Japanese Deputy To Take Olympic Role

Tokyo Vice Gov. Toshiyuki Akiyama "will fill in for Naoki Inose," who announced his resignation as governor Thursday, as the city "prepares to launch an organizing committee early next year for the 2020 Olympics," according to KYODO. At a meeting Friday, Education and Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomu ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/23/13
Valcke: Football Should Be China Priority

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said that "football should be China's priority in sports now," according to XINHUA. Valcke said, "You had best basketball players in NBA. You can have good team sports, then football should be your first target now." Despite a debacle in the semifinals to Bayern ...

Tags: International Football, China

12/23/13
Nike Q2 Profit Rises 40%

Nike's Q2 profit "jumped 40%, with a surge in Western Europe sales, as well as growth in North America and greater China, helping to drive" results, according to Michael Calia of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The company for the quarter ended Nov. 30 "reported a profit" of $537M, or 59 cents a share, up ...

Tags: Finance, China

12/23/13
KBO Reconsiders Foreign Player Cap

Korea Baseball Organization Secretary General Yang Hae-young said that general managers in the top domestic baseball league "are considering abolishing the salary cap imposed on foreign players" after a series of offseason transactions raised questions about the rule's effectiveness, according ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

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