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Maria Sharapova To Receive French Open Qualifying Wild Card

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 26 / 17

Maria Sharapova's "hopes of a rapid return to grand slam tennis are likely to be set back by the French ruling body's refusal to grant her automatic entry into the main draw for Roland Garros," according to Simon Briggs of the London TELEGRAPH. However, it is understood that Sharapova has a "strong ...

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09/26/16
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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09/26/16
Event Notes

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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09/23/16
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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09/22/16
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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09/22/16
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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09/22/16
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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09/21/16
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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09/21/16
Nagoya Rejoins 2026 Asian Games Bid

Nagoya, Japan, Mayor Takashi Kawamura said Tuesday that the city will rejoin Aichi Prefecture in a bid to jointly host the 2026 Asian Games, "after having said earlier this month that it may withdraw from the co-hosting plan," according to KYODO. Kawamura "made the remark at a joint press confe ...

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09/21/16
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Valencia , Spain,   will host the final round of the MotoGP season until at least '21 after agreeing to a "new five-year deal with promoters Dorna ." The Spanish city's Ricardo Tormo circuit has been on the calendar since '99 and "became the season-ender for the first time" in '02. This y ...

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09/20/16
Singapore GP Hurt By Economic Slowdown

Attendance at the Singapore Grand Prix, "one of the most popular races on the calendar fell this year, hurt by a slowdown in the local and global economy," according to Aravindan & Ungku of REUTERS. The night race, won by Germany's Nico Rosberg, "saw an average of 73,000 spectators attend f ...

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