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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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THG, OCI Execs Sharing Prison Cell

Former Olympic Council of Ireland President Pat Hickey is sharing a prison cell with THG Dir Kevin Mallon, "who is also being detained over the alleged illegal sale of tickets," according to the BBC. Mallon was "arrested in Rio over a week ago in possession of hundreds of tickets" earmarked for the ...

Tags: Olympics, China

CBA Clubs Joining NBL Preseason

The National Basketball League has "continued its successful partnership with the China Basketball Association," according to Roy Ward of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The CBA will send Zhejiang CB Golden Bulls and Tianjin Ronggang Gold Lions to next month's NBL preseason tournament "which will no ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Australia, China

China Still Working For Basketball Success

There are some 300 million people playing basketball in China, but "for the second consecutive Olympics the Chinese men's squad could not win a single game," according to Steve Keating of REUTERS. The situation is "not much better in the women's bracket where China also made an early exit from the R ...

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Hong Kong Cricket Sixes Returning In '17

The Hong Kong Sixes will be back, but fans "will have to wait until next year before the popular tournament returns to the local calendar after four years in the wilderness," according to Nazvi Careem of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The Hong Kong Cricket Association announced on Wednesday that the ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, China

WRC's Rally China Cancelled

Next month's Rally China round of the World Rally Championship "has been cancelled due to storm damage," according to David Evans of AUTOSPORT. A joint statement from the FIA and WRC Promoter "confirmed the news on Tuesday afternoon." FIA and WRC Promoter had visited Beijing last week and "were ...

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Beijing Lab Cleared To Resume Testing

China's anti-doping agency said on Tuesday that the World Anti-doping Agency "approved the resumption of testing operations at a Beijing laboratory amid allegations of drug use by some of the country's swimmers," according to Michael Martina of REUTERS. WADA "had suspended the accreditation of Beiji ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, China

Chinese Football Takeovers Total $3B

Over lunch at his villa outside Milan with football "super-agent" Jorge Mendes, Italian tycoon Silvio Berlusconi realized "an unpleasant truth: his storied club, AC Milan, needed cash, and plenty of it," according to Barbaglia & Jourdan of REUTERS. Mendes was reportedly "discussing the potential ...

Tags: International Football, Europe, China

NFL Considers '18 Opener In China

The NFL could open the '18 season "on a Tuesday or Wednesday in China, with its traditional Thursday night season-opening game following later that same week, according to the league’s top international executive planning the proposed game," according to Daniel Kaplan of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL ...

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Nielsen Partners With Sina Weibo

Information and measurement company Nielsen announced it is partnering with Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo "in a collaboration that will take digital audience measurement one significant step further," according to Liu Huayu of YUTANG SPORTS. Nielsen's Digital Ad Ratings will now incorpora ...

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Inter Milan Moving Toward EPL Model

Italian football club Inter Milan is preparing for an int’l offensive after its sale to Chinese retailer Suning. The 108-year-old football club announced in June that Suning purchased a nearly 70% stake in the team for a reported $307M. The new ownership is a “huge opportunity” f ...

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