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Barcelona's Lionel Messi Makes Global Headlines After Breaking Zarra Goal Record

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 24 / 14

LIONEL MESSI ’s record-breaking goals against La Liga side Sevilla dominated the sports pages around the world Sunday. In Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo titled a double-page spread “Always Messi,” adding that “Leo beat ZARRA ’s record and with 253 goals is now the greates...

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J.League Reveals '11 Team Finances

The number of teams in the J.League's J1 operating at a loss decreased from 10 to eight since '10, recently disclosed management information of its 38 participating teams in '11 revealed, according to NIKKEI. In J2, meanwhile, teams operating at a loss rose from eight to 10. J1 team Urawa Reds "led ...

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NPB Leverages Sponsor For WBC

After discussing a number of issues with World Baseball Classic organizers following the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association refusing to participate, the Nippon Professional Baseball league revealed that it "owns certain rights to sponsorship revenues stemming from Samurai Japan's partic ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Japan

JOC Asks For Murofushi Re-Investigation

The Japanese Olympic Committee has asked the IOC to "re-investigate its decision to void hammer thrower Koji Murofushi's election to the IOC Athletes' Commission," according to KYODO. Murofushi, a Bronze Medalist at the London Games, garnered enough votes to gain election to the Athletes' Commission ...

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NPB Discusses World Baseball Classic

Execs from the 12 teams of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league will meet on Aug. 20 to discuss a strategy regarding how to persuade NPB's players union to participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters exec Toshimasa Shimada, who chairs NPB's committee on int'l ...

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WBC Won't Change Revenue Distribution

Representatives of Nippon Professional Baseball met with World Baseball Classic organizers on Monday "in hopes of renegotiating Japan's share of tournament revenues," according to KYODO. However, WBC Inc. "showed no willingness to change the current arrangements." MLB Asia VP Jim Small said that the ...

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Japan, Vietnam Sign To Work Together

Japan's top-tier professional football league, the J.League, signed a partnership agreement with Vietnam Professional Football Joint Stock Company (VPF) on Tuesday in Hanoi, Vietnam. VPF runs the V-League, the top professional football league in Vietnam. The deal marks the second time the Japan Foot ...

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Olympics Gain Strong Ratings In Europe

The London Games have drawn strong ratings in big European countries, according to George Szalai of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. In such major TV markets as Germany, France and Great Britain, the "lack of a big time difference has helped draw bigger live TV crowds than Beijing '08 managed to reach." In t ...

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Honda Unveils New WTCC Racing Engine

Japanese automaker Honda "unveiled a new racing engine," which it will use in its Word Touring Car Champion cars that are based on the Civic model during the '13 season, according to MOTORSPORT-TOTAL.com. The engine called "HR412E" was developed at the Honda Research and Development Center in Tochig ...

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Jaqanese Union Baseball Not Budging

Members of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association met with officials of Nippon Professional Baseball's 12 teams on Monday over the union's participation in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, "but no progress was made," according to KYODO. The union "stuck to its stance" that it will not t ...

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Tokyo 2020 Announces Venue Details

Japanese officials and Olympic athletes announced details about the Olympic Stadium that Tokyo will have ready for the 2020 Summer Games. The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo will be extremely advanced – and, at the same time, will be on the same site as the stadium built for the '64 Summer Games. Jap ...

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