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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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Gorman Looking To Boost Sharks' Coffers

National Rugby League side Cronulla Sharks CEO Lyall Gorman revealed he "could sell a staggered sponsorship at the Sharks which would rely on the club backing itself both on and off the field in order to receive a better financial deal," according to Stuart Honeysett of THE AUSTRALIAN. The Sharks "h ...

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Fox Sports To Share F1 With Ten

Fox Sports will share the F1 broadcast rights with Network Ten for five years "in a new deal for the motorsport," according to Michael Bodey of THE AUSTRALIAN. On the eve of the first race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March, Fox Sports "confirmed it will air the entire se ...

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NRL Begins Interviewing Figures In Souths Case

The National Rugby League Integrity Unit "began interviewing key figures in the South Sydney scandal" amid concerns from the players’ union over the decision to reopen inquiries into the offseason hijinks of John Sutton and Luke Burgess in Arizona, according to Brent Read of THE AUSTRALIAN. Th ...

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Fox Sports Bulks Up NRL Programming

Fox Sports "unveiled some seismic shifts" in the land of National Rugby League TV, with Matty Johns set to double his air-time, Peter Sterling launching a new program and NRL 360 going three nights-per-week, according to James Hooper of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. The developments "torpedo any possi ...

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Wanderers Under Fire Over Player Treatment

A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers "have come under scrutiny" over the treatment of its players from the A-League players' union, which has criticized the club for "ostracizing four members of the senior team told they no longer had a future at Parramatta," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDN ...

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RV: TVN Delivered $124M In 'Profits'

The Victorian racing industry's "problem child" TVN "may not have been such a problem after all," according to Michael Lynch of THE AGE. Racing Victoria CEO Bernie Saundry and Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer Andrew Catterall "have talked up the impact of the asset, which is now being phased ...

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NRL Head Dismisses Cover-Up Talk

Shane Richardson said that "he holds no fears about stepping into his new role" as the National Rugby League's head of game strategy and development, "laughing off suggestions he covered up an incident involving John Sutton and Luke Burgess" in the U.S., according to Michael Carayannis of the SYDNEY ...

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Aspire Making Presence Felt In Australia

U.S.-based sport and entertainment marketing firm The Aspire Group’s first foray into Australia is off to a strong start. Led by Aspire Dir of Australian Operations Ben Pincus , the firm opened a center based at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Dec. 9 devoted exclusively to outbound calls sellin ...

Tags: Australia, Leagues and Governing Bodies

Koukash Could Face Rival In Takeover Bid

English magnate Marwan Koukash "could face competition" in his quest to buy National Rugby League side Brisbane Broncos "following revelations of a fresh approach to the club's minority shareholder Phil Murphy," according to Brent Read of NEWS LIMITED. Murphy, who had been in talks with Koukash over ...

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Newcastle Jets Face Insolvency Action

The NSW Office of State Revenue "has taken insolvency action to wind up" A-League side Newcastle Jets over unpaid debts, according to Page & Keeble of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The news comes just days after Owner Nathan Tinkler publicly declared that creditors were "getting paid as we speak" a ...

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