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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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01/14/14
Mori To Chair Tokyo Olympic Committee

Former Japan PM Yoshiro Mori "has agreed to serve as chairman" of the organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, according to the AP. Education and Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura, who doubles as minister in charge of the Olympics, "asked Mori to take the post." Mori, 76, "agreed readily." ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

01/07/14
Tokyo 2020's $191B Economic Impact

The Institute for Urban Strategies said on Monday that Tokyo’s hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games will generate up to 20T yen ($191B) "in spillover effects for the economy," according to KYODO. The institute said in its report that "hosting the Olympics could create roughly 1.21 million jobs n ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/31/13
Tokyo Stadium To House '64 Cauldron

A new national stadium to be constructed for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics "will house the Olympic cauldron which was used for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics," according to Maan Pamintuan of the JAPAN DAILY PRESS. A plate bearing the names of Gold Medalists at the Games "will also be kept there ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

12/30/13
J.League Club Waits For New Stadium

J.League club Gamba Osaka "will move into a brand-new stadium as early as 2016," according to Kaz Nagatsuka of the JAPAN TIMES. The club's new stadium "will be built in an unprecedented way." In '10, the club "launched a fundraising organization and the project kicked off in earnest." As of Thursday ...

Tags: Facilities, Japan

12/30/13
Tokyo Olympics Committee Preps Launch

Sources said that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee "will likely be launched on Jan. 24, whether it has a chairman or not," according to KYODO. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Japanese Olympic Committee "want to launch the committee by the beginning of February after selecting ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/23/13
Japanese Deputy To Take Olympic Role

Tokyo Vice Gov. Toshiyuki Akiyama "will fill in for Naoki Inose," who announced his resignation as governor Thursday, as the city "prepares to launch an organizing committee early next year for the 2020 Olympics," according to KYODO. At a meeting Friday, Education and Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomu ...

Tags: Olympics, Japan

12/20/13
Tokyo Governor Quits Over Scandal

Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose, the "driving force behind the city’s successful 2020 Olympic bid," said on Thursday that he would "resign over a money scandal," according to Jonathan Soble of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The author-turned-politician, elected a year ago with record voter support, "had been und ...

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12/06/13
MLB, NPB Reach Posting System Agreement

Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball "have reached a basic agreement on a new posting system," according to KYODO. It "is thought that an agreement has been reached" after MLB requested a posting fee cap of $20M. The move "will be formalized once the two sides have ironed out ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Japan, North America

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 ...

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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 ...

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