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Gaza Protestors Attack Israeli Premier League Side Maccabi Haifa In Austria

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 25 / 14

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli football players "at a friendly match in Austria on Wednesday evening, stopping play five minutes before the end," according to Georgina Prodhan of REUTERS. Salzburg police said on Thursday that around 20 people with flags and p...

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12/14/12
China Backs Football In Five Cities

The "chronic under performance" of China on the int'l football stage "has spurred the government to implement a more hands-on approach to the game" that will be seen in five cities, according to Tang Zhe of the CHINA DAILY. To "explore new avenues to develop" Chinese football, Qingdao, Chengdu, Guan ...

Tags: International Football, China

12/10/12
NRL Club Rethinks Cost Of China Match

The ambition of National Rugby League club Manly Sea Eagles to host a game against the Canberra Raiders in China next year "has been called into question" following revelations the Sea Eagles posted a A$1.5M loss last year, according to Stuart Honeysett of THE AUSTRALIAN. Raiders CEO Don Furner "rec ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Australia, China

12/06/12
Bird's Nest To Host Shaun White

The 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest for its design and often referred to as a "white elephant," will be covered with snow on Saturday for the third edition of the Oakley and Shaun White Air + Style snowboard competition. Leading up to the event, Oakley ran online campaigns and ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China, Oakley

12/06/12
Li-Ning Faces Complaints Over Logo Ban

Chinese Basketball Association players are “continuing to complain about the mandatory call” to wear league partner Li-Ning’s sneakers and “being fined for violations,” according to Sun Xiaocheng of CHINA DAILY. Li-Ning, which has spent $321M in a five-year endorsement ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, China, Li Ning

12/06/12
Nike Sues In Chinese Trademark Dispute

Nike is fighting Chinese trademark authorities to win rights to use the Mandarin name of Olympic hurdler Liu Xiang in its marketing, "the latest in a spate of trademark disputes emerging as Western companies try to build their brands in China," according to Laurie Burkitt of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. ...

Tags: Finance, China, Nike

12/03/12
China Brands Unload Olympic Products

Six major Chinese sports brands are offering discounts of up to 80% off original retail prices "in a desperate attempt to unload excess inventory," according to WANT CHINA TIMES. The clearance sales mainly stem from "excess inventory built up since the Beijing Olympics in '08." In the first half of ...

Tags: Finance, China

11/30/12
Olympic Notes

The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee unveiled its official mascot: Nanjinglele. The name is inspired by a unique, natural feature of China's host city, known as the "rain-flower pebble." The word "Lele" represents the sound of stones colliding together and is pronounced like the ...

Tags: Olympics, China, United Kingdom

11/30/12
Chinese FCs Tied To Real Estate

The development of China's professional football league "is closely associated with the real estate industry," as 14 of the 16 teams that comprise the Chinese Super League are owned by realtors or firms with links to the industry, according to the WANT CHINA TIMES. Property tycoons "spend huge amoun ...

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11/28/12
IOC Examining Squash's Hong Kong Open

After two failed bids to get squash into the Olympics, world No. 1 Nicol David and her fellow players have "embarked on a campaign to raise the sport's global profile in an attempt to win over IOC chiefs in Hong Kong this week," according to Peter Rutherford of REUTERS. The 2020 Games will allow one ...

Tags: Olympics, China

11/27/12
Infront Boss Confident Of CBA Deal

Infront Sports & Media President & CEO Philippe Blatter "shrugged off financial losses" from the firm's seven-year partnership with the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Sun Xiaochen of the CHINA DAILY. Blatter said that he "believes strongly in the league's future." He said, "I t ...

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