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FIFA President Infantino Wants More Attractive Club World Cup

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 08 / 16

Regardless of whether FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plan for a 32-team Club World Cup becomes a reality, "this year's tournament in Japan is likely to highlight the need for some sort of change," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. On paper, the idea of bringing together the champion club te...

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Killarney race circuit in Cape Town will be hosting the 2017 FIA World Rallycross Championships , "the first time this event will be hosted in Africa." The South African round of World RX will form the final event of next year’s calendar of the Rallycross. Killarney Int'l Raceway Exec Manag ...

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Gymnastics World Cup Moves To London

The Gymnastics World Cup "will move from Glasgow to London in 2017," with new promoter Barry Hearn promising a "lavish and magnificent" event, according to the BBC. Matchroom Chair Hearn hopes the event "will capitalise on the popularity of the sport following Rio 2016 where Britain won seven gymnas ...

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Melbourne Wants Grand Final

The Victorian government reiterated its "desire to steal the grand final from Sydney," according to Read & McDonald of THE AUSTRALIAN. The National Rugby League is "expected to put the grand final up for grabs at least two times during the four-year period" when ANZ Stadium is undergoing re ...

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Wuhan Open Helping Region's Brand

The Wuhan Open in Hubei province, central China, has spent 1.5B yuan ($225M) on its facilities since its inception in '14, according to Danielle Rossingh of CNN. The tournament, taking place in the hometown of "Asia's first major singles winner Li Na, is only in its third year." Yet it has spen ...

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Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya were chosen as hosts of the 2026 Asian Games by the Olympic Council of Asia on Sunday. The decision was taken during the OCA general assembly. No "other bids were tendered" for the Asian version of the Olympics. Japan will host the Asian Games for a third ...

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MLB In Talks To Hold Games In London

London may soon host Major League Baseball's first game in Europe, "after discussions were held" between MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, according to Nivedita Shankar of REUTERS. Earlier this year, the MLB stated it was "keen for London to host its first regular-s ...

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Formula E To Race In Brooklyn In '17

Formula E made motorsports history on Wednesday when it confirmed the '16-17 season finale will take place on the streets of New York City. The electric racing series will race along a 1.947km, 13-turn temporary street circuit in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood in mid-July. The inaugural NYC ePrix ...

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ITF Bosses To Revamp Davis, Fed Cup

Tennis chiefs "plan to adopt the NFL's Super Bowl model, by selecting fixed-venue cities in advance for their showcase Davis and Fed Cup finals," according to Ossian Shine of REUTERS. The switch away from one of the finalists hosting the decider is "part of a broader strategy" aimed at developi ...

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Tour De France Returns To Belgium

Since the announcement of the Grand Départ being staged in Düsseldorf, Germany, “rumors have swirled” over the possibility of the Tour de France passing through Belgium, according to Stéphane Thirion of LA MEUSE. With the official presentation of the 2017 Tour de Franc ...

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PTO Announces Creation Of Collins Cup

The Professional Triathletes Organisation announced the creation of The Collins Cup, a first of its kind global competition in which teams of professional triathletes from the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world (the "Internationals") will compete. The PTO has appointed Wasserman as its ...

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