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Former Player Sachin Tendulkar Calls Reducing Teams In World Cup To 10 'Unfair'

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 05 / 15

Calling the Int'l Cricket Council's decision to reduce the number of teams in the 2019 World Cup "a backward step", former India captain Sachin Tendulkar said that "such a move is unfair to the Associate nations," according to the PTI. While the ICC "wants to curtail the number of teams participatin...

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China's Outdoor Sports Retail To Grow

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Columbia Moves To Expand China Ops

Columbia Sportswear Co. has “entered an agreement to form a joint venture with Swire Resources Ltd,” in order to “expand Columbia's sales in China as well as that of Columbia subsidiary, Mountain Hardwear,” according to Allan Brettman of the Portland OREGONIAN. Swire Resource ...

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Hilton To Host Beach Volleyball Exhibition

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China Sports Brands Win Gold In Retail

Sportswear manufacturers in China, loaded with unsold stock from the '08 Beijing Olympics and now "battling weak domestic demand," have turned to the London Games "to market their wares," according to Celine Sun of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Athletes from at least 10 teams, as well as members of ...

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German Super Cup Could Move In '13

The German football Super Cup, the annual match-up between league champion and cup winner, could be played in China as early as '13, according to Marc Schmidt of BILD am SONTAG. This year's edition between Bundesliga champion and German Cup winner Borussia Dortmund and cup runner-up Bayern Munich on ...

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Chinese Badminton Player Retires

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Inter Milan Attracting Chinese Investors

A group of Chinese investors is set to become Serie A Inter Milan’s "second-biggest shareholder following the Italian football club’s agreement to sell a block of shares in line with its attempt to raise its profile among Asian fans of the sport," according to Coleman, Hille & Sylver ...

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China Wants Compensation From Adidas

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Shanghai Fans Boycotted ManU Friendly

Chinese Super League Shanghai Shenhua FC fans boycotted a friendly against ManU "to protest at the match being played in the middle of the Chinese league season," according to the AFP. Wednesday's large 42,000 crowd included "few blue-shirted Shenhua supporters" except a group of about 100 behind on ...

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IOC Gets Big Increase For China Rights

The International Olympic Committee sold its TV rights in China for the '14 and '16 Olympics to CCTV for an estimated $160M, a sum that represents a more than 800% increase from what the broadcaster paid for the '06 and '08 Games. The increase affirms the IOC’s decision in '09 to begin selling ...

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