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05/10/17
Wyness: Brexit To Prompt Influx Of Chinese

The U.K.’s exit from the European Union will prompt a rush of Chinese players coming to play in England’s top football divisions, Chinese-owned Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness said. He said that Brexit would likely prompt a quick trade deal between the U.K. and China which will lead ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom, Asia

05/09/17
Chinese Telecom Vivo Backs Pro Kabaddi

Pro Kabaddi League broadcaster Star Sports signed a record five-year deal worth a "whopping" Rs 300 crore ($45M) with Chinese telecom Vivo, according to the HINDUSTAN TIMES. Vivo had "already entered the Indian sports market" through the Indian Premier League, of which it is the title sponsor. The f ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

05/08/17
Indian Team To Play In Champions Trophy

The Indian cricket team will participate in next month's Champions Trophy after the Board of Control for Cricket in India "gave its all clear to the move in a Special General Meeting on Sunday, a massive climbdown from its initial aggressive stance," according to the PTI. The board announced that th ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

05/05/17
Advertisers Unsettled Over India's Uncertainty

A Star Sports exec said that the company has "raised concerns with cricket's governing body that advertisers might steer clear of the Champions Trophy if India opted against competing at the tournament in England," according to Sudipto Ganguly of REUTERS. At last week's Int'l Cricket Council meeting ...

Tags: Media, India

05/04/17
China's Hopes To Host 2030 WC Still Alive

China's "hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup have been given a boost from FIFA," according to Graham Dunbar of the AP. Football's governing body proposed "giving its ruling council the power to decide that a continent could skip just one World Cup before hosting again." FIFA imposed a two-tournament ...

Tags: International Football, China

05/04/17
Aizawl Players Threaten To Fast

I-League winner Aizawl players have threatened to "fast unto death" after "finding themselves in the bizarre position of staring at relegation next season despite winning India's top division title on Sunday," according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. Based in India's northeast state of Mizoram, Ai ...

Tags: Franchises, India

05/02/17
English Players Hope To Rework IPL Deal

English players with "Indian Premier League ambitions" are "seeking a re-working of the agreement that sees them reimburse their counties for absence," according to Richard Gibson of the London DAILY MAIL. The bid to get the "long-standing wage deduction rates altered" coincides with concerns that t ...

Tags: Finance, India

04/27/17
2020 Olympics, 2019 RWC Team Up

The organizing committees of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2019 Rugby World Cup signed a collaboration agreement on Wednesday to "exchange information and resources with Japan hosting two of the world's biggest sporting events in back-to-back years," according to Shintaro Kano of KYODO. The two co ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

04/26/17
ICC Awards Merchandise Deal To Zeven

The Int'l Cricket Council awarded India-based sportswear brand Zeven a four-year merchandise contract covering 23 territories, including the "lucrative" Indian market, according to SPORTING INDIA. Zeven, jointly-owned by former Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi and former Nike Country Manage ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, India

04/26/17
BCCI Rejects Manohar's Offer

The "revenue model feud" between the Int'l Cricket Council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India continued on Tuesday with the Indian cricket body "outrightly rejecting the world body’s offer" of an additional $100M in the proposed format, according to the PTI. A senior BCCI source sai ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, India

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