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Hisense Forks Out $7M For Red Bull Deal

Chinese consumer electronic brand Hisense is paying more than $2M annually to Infiniti Red Bull Racing as part of its recently announced partnership with the F1 team, according to an industry source. Marketing agency JMI, which secured the partnership, would not disclose any terms of the contract an ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China, United Kingdom

Japan FA Reports $17.6M Surplus

The Japan FA produced a surplus of 2.14B yen ($17.6M) for '14, up by 1.7B yen ($10M) despite the national team's lack of success at the World Cup and Japanese club teams' mediocre performances in the Asian Champions League. Income increased to 18.88B yen ($143M) thanks to higher uniform sales and pr ...

Tags: Finance, Japan

Sports Ministry Suspends PCI

India's Sports Ministry on Wednesday suspended the recognition of the Paralympic Committee of India "with immediate effect for poor management and conduct of National Para Athletics Championships in Ghaziabad in March," according to the PTI. The ministry said that an inquiry conducted by Sports Auth ...

Tags: Olympics, India

Marbury Honored On China's Stamp

Former NBA player STEPHON MARBURY "has a statue in front of the arena of Beijing's Wukesong Stadium, three Chinese Basketball Association titles and now he has a postage stamp named in his name and face," according to XINHUA. Fresh off winning his third championship in the Chinese basketball leagu ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, China

Tokyo Faces Major Redevelopment

Jingu Gaien, a historic sports venue in Tokyo, "will undergo a major transformation in about a decade, in a move driven by the city’s plan to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics," according to Masaaki Kameda of the JAPAN TIMES. In addition to the plan to rebuild the National Stadium before ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

PSSI, Sports Ministry Feud Heats Up

Newly elected Indonesian FA (PSSI) Chair La Nyalla Mattalitti has "accused" Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi of "scheming against the football federation after it was slapped with administrative sanctions by the ministry," according to Ami Afriatni of the JAKARTA GLOBE. Mattalitti on Monday "slamme ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Asia

HK Cricket In Line For Funding Boost

Hong Kong "will be in line for more funding" from the Int'l Cricket Council after the disbanding of the Asian Cricket Council, said top official John Cribbin, according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Cribbin, who was VP of the ACC before the regional body was shut down by the ICC l ...

Tags: Finance, China

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

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