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ATV Retains Broadcasting Rights For HKPL

The Hong Kong FA said that the financially troubled ATV "will keep the broadcasting rights" for the domestic football season after "guaranteeing it would improve services," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. After complaints from clubs, the free-to-air TV station "had been giv ...

Tags: Media, China

Kia Ends Spartak Moscow Sponsorship

Kia Motors has terminated its sponsorship of FC Spartak Moscow after more than five years as the automaker is "optimizing its expenditures." In a statement sent to SBD Global, the company said, "Unfortunately, due to the worsening of market conditions, we were forced to terminate our cooperation wit ...

Tags: Russia, Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

IOC: New Sports To Be Decided In 2016

IOC VP John Coates said that the decision on which and how many new sports will be added to the slate for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics "will be determined next year, just before the start of the Rio Games," according to Elaine Lies of REUTERS. Program changes approved by the IOC late last year "al ...

Tags: Olympics, Asia

Asian Cup Boss: Success Paves Way For More Events

Asian Cup Chief Organizer Michael Brown said that "he hopes the success of the tournament paves the way for Australia to host more major football tournaments," as organizers prepare to return a profit of A$4M-A$6M ($3.2M-$4.6M) to governments who backed it, according to Tom Smithies of the Sydney DA ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

FAS Teams Up With MP & Silva

The FA of Singapore has signed a S$25M ($18.5M), six-year deal with int'l sports media rights company MP & Silva, according to Jonathan Wong of the STRAITS TIMES. This "is the biggest commercial partnership for the FAS," eclipsing the S$15M, 10-year deal signed in '01 with Tiger Beer. MP & S ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

IPC Announces Tokyo 2020 Program

The Int'l Paralympic Committee announced that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will feature 22 sports, with badminton and taekwondo included for the first time. The IPC Governing Board approved a further six sports for inclusion in the Games, adding to the 16 sports that were ratified and announced a ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

NBA Extends Rights With China's Tencent

The NBA and China-based Internet service provider Tencent Holdings Ltd. on Thursday announced a five-year expansion of their deal that will create the league's largest int'l digital partnership. The new partnership will be effective July 1. As the exclusive official digital partner of the NBA in Chi ...

Tags: Media, China, North America

Singapore Open To Return In '16

The Singapore Open, once Asia's richest golf tournament, "will return next year after a three-year absence, but with a vast drop in prize money and without the European Tour on board," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The $1M Jan. 28-31 event "will be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia

Argentine Footballerr Returns To China

Former England Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has lured Argentine footballer Dario Conca "back to the Chinese Super League," his club Shanghai SIPG said on Wednesday, on a deal reported to be worth almost $11M a year, according to the AFP. The club said, "Conca will arrive in Shanghai soon and will be ...

Tags: International Football, China

Report: Wang To Buy Infront

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin is reportedly "on the verge of acquiring" Infront Sports & Media, according to the AFP. Italian newspaper La Corriere della Sera reported Wang "recently hit the headlines when he bought a 20 percent stake in Spanish champions Atletico Madrid and is set to bolster ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China, Europe

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