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Jordan Brand Makes Chinese Basketball Star Guo Ailun First Int'l Athlete With Signature Shoe

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 21 / 17

Basketball player Guo Ailun, who in the spring signed as Jordan Brand's first Chinese endorser, is set to become the "first international athlete to have his own Jordan signature sneaker," according to Nick DePaula of ESPN.com. Negotiated by Wasserman, the shoe deal will pay Guo more than $3M annual...

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07/31/17
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07/31/17
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Tags: Finance, China, United Kingdom

07/31/17
F1 CEO Sees China As Long-Term Play

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

07/28/17
China's Sport Sector Projected To Double

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07/28/17
FIFPro Wants To Protect Chinese Footballers

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Tags: International Football, China

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07/18/17
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