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IndyCar Could Return To Australia's Surfers Paradise As Early As '17, Report Says

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 30 / 16

IndyCar is not ruling out a return of the series to Australia's Gold Coast as early as next season, but declined to comment further. North America's premier open-wheel racing series is currently in the process of investigating potential venues for its upcoming season. Those include a number of int'l...

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CA CEO Confident In Pink Ball

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has defended the use of the "controversial pink ball in the face of players' criticism and is adamant it will prove a success during test cricket's first day-night match in Adelaide next month," according to Ian Ransom of REUTERS. A number of players, incl ...

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Cricket Australia's Coffers Boosted

After its annual general meeting, the Cricket Australia board said that it recorded a net surplus of A$99M ($70.1M) in the last financial year "following the co-hosting of the 2015 World Cup with New Zealand," according to REUTERS. Revenue increased to A$380.9M ($269.5M) from A$295.9M "after its sha ...

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A-League Clubs Against Wellington Snub

Three days after Football Federation Australia’s "bombshell refusal" of a long-term A-League license to Wellington, "no club has supported the move," according to the AAP. The cries of anguish "are naturally loudest in New Zealand, fearing the end of their professional footballing outfit, and ...

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Bears Could Be Set For A Return To NRL

The famous Bears name, logo and colors "may be set for a return" to the National Rugby League, "even if the foundation club's bid for a team on the Central Coast is again rejected," according to Walter & Masters of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. While CEO Greg Florimo "insists the former North Sydne ...

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Wellington Phoenix's Future Shaky

A-League side Wellington Phoenix’s future "has been challenged after Football Federation Australia denied a request from the club for a 10-year licence to continue playing in the A-League," according to Ray Gatt of THE AUSTRALIAN. The FFA board "remains concerned about the Kiwi club’s ab ...

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Australian Cricketers Concerned Over Pink Ball

Australian Cricketers' Association President Greg Dyer said that it is "not too late for Cricket Australia to abort next month's day-night Test due to concerns about the pink ball," according to Wu & Pierik of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The feedback from next weekend's opening round of Shield ma ...

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Tony Cochrane Joins GRC

Tony Cochrane, "the man widely credited with creating the V8 Supercar era in Australia," has joined the American-based Global Rallycross Championship, according to Stephen Ottley of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Rallycross, "short, action-packed races on a mixture of tarmac and gravel," is beginning to ...

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Victoria Defends Melbourne Grand Prix

Melbourne’s Formula 1 Grand Prix cost Victorians almost A$62M ($45M) in '15, but the government said that is "the price of international exposure," according to the AAP. Expenditure "again dwarfed revenue in 2015, forcing the state government to fork out" A$61,735,000 ($44,540,000) to cover th ...

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A-League Viewers To Benefit From Deal

The chances of the A-League gaining improved free-to-air exposure "have increased after the ACCC approved Foxtel’s proposal to buy a 15 percent stake in the Ten Network," according to Richard Hinds of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Negotiations for Ten to take a share of the A-League rights from ...

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V8 Supercars' Future Up For Grabs

An "ambitious" A$40M ($28.8M) bid to buy the controlling stake in V8 Supercars "has failed," according to James Phelps of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. A millionaire close to a current V8 ­Supercars team "made the secret bid to buy a 65 percent stake in the business for a low-ball amount" that was ­un ...

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