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AFLX To Be Launched On Pre-Finals Bye Weekend To Appeal To Int'l Markets

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 23 / 17

The Australian Football League is reportedly "preparing to launch a Twenty20-inspired version of the game later this year," which is seen as "the answer" to opening up int'l markets, according to Chris Cavanagh of the HERALD SUN. After "months of secret trials," AFLX -- a "high-octane, seven-a-side ...

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All Stars Women's AFL Match Set For '17

An All Stars women’s Australian Football League match featuring the best players from the eight foundation national league clubs "is set to be played in 2017," according to Eliza Sewell of the HERALD SUN. The national women’s league "will be played in February and March next year over an ...

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Wang Jianlin Backs Football Competition

China, backed by its richest man, struck a deal with FIFA to host the first China Cup from next year, a competition that will pit its national side against three int'l "first-class" teams -- "and hopefully pave the way to football glory," according to Sue-Lin Wong of REUTERS. Chinese property tycoon ...

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Tour De France 12th Stage Shortened

Tour de France organizers said that the Tour's 12th stage "will be shortened because of expected violent gusts of wind at the top of Mont Ventoux," according to Julien Pretot of REUTERS. Thursday's stage from Montpellier will "therefore end at Chalet Reynard," about 15.5km into the 21.5km ascen ...

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49ers To Play Rams In China In '18

The NFL San Francisco 49ers will play the L.A. Rams in a regular-season game in China in '18, according to sources. It will most likely serve as the Rams' home opener, although no date has been determined, sources said. In March, reports surfaced that the NFL wants to expand its int'l presence to Ch ...

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MLB Scraps Plans For London Games

Major League Baseball "has given up plans to play regular-season games" in London in '17, according to the AP. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in January that his staff "was working hard at playing in London, and MLB officials looked at the renovated Olympic Stadium as a possible venue." MLB Playe ...

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Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes Join IPFL

It looks like former ManU player Ryan Giggs' footballing days are not "quite behind him," despite retiring in '14, according to Samuel Lovett of the London INDEPENDENT. He is "set to return to the pitch as a player in the inaugural Indian Premier Futsal League, which gets underway this July."&n ...

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WSL Switching To Winter Season

The English Women’s Super League is to be "switched from a summer to a winter calendar," according to Louise Taylor of the London GUARDIAN. It represents a "radical shift in thinking" at the FA that has been driven by a "determination to offer England women the best chance of succeeding at maj ...

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Bangladesh Rules Out Neutral Venue

The Bangladesh Cricket Board "has ruled out using a neutral venue" for its home series against England, should the visiting team cancel its tour of the south Asian country, according to Nivedita Shankar of REUTERS. Concerns have been raised "over the security of the tour in the wake of the atta ...

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Event Notes

Premier League academy sides had until Monday to accept an invitation to play in this year's English Football League Trophy , but "around half" have reportedly declined due to scheduling issues . The EFL has said that it will "now extend the invitation to as many category one academy sides neces ...

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Newcastle To Bid For V8 Supercars Race

Newcastle, Australia "emerged as the likely replacement for Sydney Olympic Park to take over the season-ending Supercars street race next year," according to Mark Fogarty of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Plans for a waterfront street track in New South Wales' second largest city "are well advanced, wit ...

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