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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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11/15/16
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The first cricket Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Christchurch "is set to go ahead on Thursday, after the country suffered two earthquakes." A 7.5-magnitude earthquake on the South Island on Monday -- killing at least two people -- "was followed hours later by one of 6.3." Christchurch, ...

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11/14/16
Pac-12, Alibaba Extend Partnership

The Pac-12 Conference and Alibaba Group signed a two-year extension to their partnership to support the annual Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai. The Pac-12 China Game is regular season U.S. collegiate men’s basketball game played annually in Shanghai. The game has become the flagship event of Pac ...

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11/14/16
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ESPN will televise the NFL’s first regular-season game in Mexico City in 11 years on Monday Night Football on Nov. 21 -- Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders from Estadio Azteca. Multiple ESPN studio shows will be live from Mexico City on Nov. 20-21 as part of the company’s extensive Engli ...

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11/14/16
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A minute's silence "was held at the Stade de France ahead of France's World Cup qualifier against Sweden on Friday, marking the first anniversary of the Paris attacks ." French President Francois Hollande , who was also at the France vs. Germany game last year, attended Friday's match along with ...

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11/11/16
Organizers Seeking Government Funding

Organizers will seek around HK$5M ($644,587) from the government's major sports event fund "to pay for next year’s surf skiing International Canoe Federation Ocean Racing World Championships," which will be held in Hong Kong for the first time in Nov. '17, according to Andrew Mullen of the SOU ...

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11/11/16
Low Turnout For England-India Test

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11/10/16
Wolff: No 'Simple Solution' For German GP

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11/10/16
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11/10/16
Spanish Officials Investigating Valencia

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11/10/16
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