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New China National Coach Marcello Lippi To Net Millions From Evergrande Academy

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 16

Marcello Lippi will earn almost $5M a year as China coach but "will pocket far more through a tie-in with a football academy," according to the AFP. The 68-year-old Italian was named boss of the national team by the Chinese FA on Saturday and has the tricky goal of steering the Asian country "to qua...

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China Orders 'Ostentation' To Be Banished

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said that organizers of the 2022 Winter Olympics must ensure the event is not tainted by "ostentation, waste or luxury," according to Ben Blanchard of REUTERS. Beijing, along with the nearby city of Zhangjiakou, "won the right to host the Games last year." The run-up ...

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Wanda Opens Door To China For Ironman

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NFL Planning To Play More Int'l Games

The NFL has not shied away from expanding its reach overseas. The league is returning to Mexico City in '16 and has been open about its aspirations to go above and beyond its second home in England. According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, that could involve a regular-season game in China as early as ...

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China President Orders Clean Winter Games

China President Xi Jinping said China must hold a Winter Olympics that is "clean as the snow" when it hosts the event in '22, after two corruption scandals involving Chinese officials linked to the Games, according to Zhou & Blanchard of REUTERS. Beijing, along with the nearby city of Zhangjiako ...

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Le Sports Signs Deal For FA Cup

Le Sports, the sports broadcasting subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce firm Le Eco, "acquired exclusive rights to broadcast England’s FA Cup in China," according to SOCCEREX. Le Sports "will broadcast the last seven matches of this season’s edition" of the domestic knock-out football compet ...

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China's Illegal Betting Industry A Threat

A leading expert in the fight against corruption in sports has warned that China’s vision of transforming its sports industry into a key part of the economy "is under threat from rampant illegal gambling," according to James Porteous of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The mainland’s State ...

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Le Sports Launches New CSL Service

Le Sports, the Chinese Super League's exclusive media partner, will launch a "live" shopping service for the emerging Asian league, according to SOCCEREX. The service, which will be available through Le Sport’s Super TV channel, "gives fans the ability to purchase official merchandise dur ...

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Football Another Pawn In China's Game

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China, U.S. Set To Bid For 2026 World Cup

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Shijiazhuang Partners With Liquor Firm

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