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Melbourne City Becomes First A-League Club To Sign FIFA Esports Player

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 16 / 17

A-League side Melbourne City player Tim Cahill's newest teammate, Marcus Gomes, will not "set foot" on a pitch but will instead represent the club at a different World Cup -- a world cup for video gamers, according to Anthony Colangelo of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Melbourne City "joined the growing...

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NSW Government Grants ARU $1M

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NZ Kicked Out Of Olympic Qualifiers

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Network Ten Gets Women's BBL Rights

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FFA Considers Split-Season A-League

The split-season model "may come to work" in the A-League, according to Sebastian Hassett of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The question is being considered by Football Federation Australia in a bid to "become a more enticing television product, and to resolve the question of 'meaningless' games" in the ...

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BBL Clubs Rapt To Run Women's Twenty20

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AFL To Ask CA To Move Shield Final Date

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Geelong Asks AFL For Financial Help

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Wallabies In Line For $4M World Cup Bonus

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NRL Reduces Parramatta Eels' Fine

The National Rugby League has reduced Parramatta's fine for salary cap breaches by A$60,000 ($44,730) after "considering the club's appeal," according to Steve Zemek of the AAP. The Eels in May were fined A$525,000 for exceeding all four salary cap categories last year by more than A$400,0 ...

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Air New Zealand Renews With All Blacks

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