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Tour De France A Bargain For Sponsors As Team Sponsorships Drop 50%

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 29 / 14

The Tour de France "is a bargain for sponsors, courtesy of Lance Armstrong," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. The event "could once demand large investments from potential backers." Hilversum, Netherlands-based sports marketing consultant Frank van den Wall Bake said that tainted by dopi...

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12/03/13
Tokyo's Olympic Chair Faces Charges

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, who was chairman of the city’s successful 2020 Olympic bid, faces increasing pressure to resign over a political funding scandal involving 50M yen ($500,000) in a paper bag and box cutter blades sent to his office. Inose has admitted receiving an unconditional loan from ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

11/27/13
JSC: Olympic Stadium May Be Scaled Down

Tokyo's new National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics "could be scaled down" by 70,000 square meters, or approximately 25%, according to KYODO. The Japan Sport Council, which runs the venue, "held a meeting with experts from various fields to review the original plan, which has come under fire over the ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

11/26/13
New Transfer System Nearly Finalized

Nippon Professional Baseball "is hoping to strike an agreement" on a new posting system for player transfers with Major League Baseball by Thursday, according to KYODO. NPB Legal Department Head Nobuhisa Ito said that an NPB delegation "will travel stateside on Tuesday to iron out the details on a n ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, North America, Japan

11/20/13
Opinion: Mizuno Should Run Tokyo 2020

Who "should run the local organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games?" asks Jack Gallagher of the JAPAN TIMES. This "is not the job for a retired politician, bureaucrat, or a person who wants to sit back and delegate everything." This is a position "which requires a hands-on approach ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

11/18/13
Tokyo Reveals Organizational Structure

A multi-headed organizational structure based on the one used for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games "will likely be adopted for the 2020 Tokyo Games," according to ASIA NEWS NETWORK. The organizing committee "will be led by an Olympic board -- a four-member decision-making body to include ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

11/04/13
Stadium A Bump To Tokyo Olympics Euphoria

Just weeks after they rode the wave of euphoria to Olympic victory when Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Games, organizers "are being brought back to Earth with a bump," according to the AFP. The eye-catching architectural centerpiece -- a futuristic, bike-helmet-shaped stadium -- "is too big, a ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

10/30/13
BJ-League Bans Japan Times

The professional basketball BJ-League "has issued a ban on media access" to The Japan Times for the entire '13-14 season, according to Jack Gallagher of the JAPAN TIMES. The directive "has been relayed to teams around the country by the league office." The Japan Times "was informed of the move" ...

Tags: Media, Japan

10/30/13
JOC: IOC Unworried Over Fukushima Leaks

Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said that the IOC "is completely unfazed by the continued radioactive water leaks at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant," according to KYODO. PM Shinzo Abe told a global audience the Fukushima plant was "under control." Abe cl ...

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10/14/13
JOC President Rolls Up Sleeves

Japanese Olympic Committee President TSUNEKAZU TAKEDA  barely had time to celebrate Tokyo winning the rights to host the 2020 Summer Olympics before having to dive into the massive task of getting the city ready for its global close-up. Recently, Takeda took time to talk with SBD Global abou ...

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10/07/13
Japanese Club Adds On To Stadium

Japanese professional baseball team Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles is increasing the capacity at its Nippon Paper Kleenex home stadium after winning the Pacific League on Sept. 26, the first championship for the nine-year-old franchise. The stadium in Sendai, built in '50, suffered serious flood damag ...

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