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Labour Party Floats Levy On EPL TV Rights To Support Grassroots Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 14

Britain's Labour Party has accused Premier League clubs of "not contributing enough to grassroots football and suggested that they may be compelled to pay a levy on revenue from television rights," according to Pickard & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman "is a...

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Shanghai Chair Issues New Threat

Zhu Jun, the billionaire chair of Chinese Super League football team Shanghai Shenhua, "insists the mystery boardroom dispute threatening the future of foreign stars," including former Chelsea pair Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka has not been resolved, according to the AFP. Shenhua Coach Sergio Bat ...

Tags: International Football, China

Li-Ning Signs Five-Year Deal With CBA

Chinese sportswear brand Li-Ning signed a five-year deal to become the official partner of the Chinese Basketball Association. The deal, brokered by Infront Sports & Media, is the biggest sponsorship commitment ever secured for a Chinese sports property. Li-Ning will take on its new role with im ...

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Feng Struggling to Attract Sponsors

Jenny Feng Shanshan, the first Chinese golfer of either sex to win one of the big four tournaments, has "not seen the benefits of additional sponsorship" that Li Na enjoyed after winning last year's French Open, according to Richard Castka of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The 22-year-old said, "I th ...

Tags: China, Marketing and Sponsorship

Guangzhou Free Man Dissolves

China's second-tier National Basketball League team Guangzhou Free Man has dissolved, according to Jon Pastuszek of NIUBBALL.com. The team has been "bleeding through money with no rescue in the form of promotion to the Chinese Basketball Association in sight." The '12 NBL runner-up announced that it ...

Tags: Franchises, China

Li-Ning Will Focus On Its Origins

Following the closure of its only store in Hong Kong, sports apparel brand Li-Ning announced it "will concentrate on the Chinese mainland market for its future development," according to Zhang Ye of the GLOBAL TIMES. A Li-Ning spokesperson confirmed that the store in Tsim Sha Tsui, a busy shopping a ...

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China To Rebrand 'Japanese' Marathon

The "gathering Sino-Japanese storm over a set of disputed islands has sent Shanghai authorities sprinting away from the Tokyo chemical company that has sponsored one of the city’s proudest sporting events for the past 16 years," according to James Areddy of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. A press co ...

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Basketball Without Borders Set For Russia

The NBA, Int'l Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Russian Basketball Federation will host Basketball without Borders Europe in Russia for the first time. The camp will take place in Moscow from Sept. 13-16 and will be led by Russian NBA players Andrei Kirilenko , Alexey Shved (Minnesota Timberwolve ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Europe, Russia, China, NBA

CBA Considering Salary Cap

After last year's influx of highly-paid foreign players in the Chinese Basketball Association, the league "might get a similar salary cap" to that of the NBA's, according to Sun Xiaochen of the CHINA DAILY. Beijing Ducks GM Yuan Chao said, "If we can have a salary restriction in the new season, it w ...

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Infront Extends Deal With China Basketball

The Chinese Basketball Association has extended its partnership with Infront Sports & Media as its exclusive commercial partner for a further five years. The new agreement is an extension of the previous seven-year contract, which was originally granted in '05. The partnership covers all commerc ...

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China Offical Questions Li's Toughness

A top Chinese tennis official has questioned LI NA 's mental toughness following her early exit from the U.S. Open last week, blaming a "lack of education," according to Alastair Himmer of REUTERS. Chinese Tennis Association Secretary SUN JINFANG said, "We've seen lots of meltdowns (from) Li in r ...

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