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NRL Considering Nine-Week Tournament To Replace National Youth Competition

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 05 / 15

The National Rugby League "is considering replacing the soon-to-be-defunct National Youth Competition with a nine-week tournament as part of a massive overhaul of rugby league pathways," according to Adrian Proszenko of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The U20s competition "was ushered in with much ...

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Open To Boost Tourism Near Portrush

The return of the Open Championship to Portrush has been greeted as a "real boost for tourism," according to the BBC. Royal Portrush club's "place on the rota of host courses is to be confirmed next week." The tournament is to be held there in '19. It is the first time since '51 that "Northern Irela ...

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SAFA Withdraws From Women's U20 Finals

The South African FA has "withdrawn from hosting" of the 2016 FIFA Women's U20 World Cup finals, according to Ramatsiyi Moholoa of SOWETAN LIVE. SAFA "top brass have already informed" FIFA of the decision. SAFA President Danny Jordaan "confirmed their withdrawal." Jordaan: "We have decided to give i ...

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Origin II To Set Record Attendance

Sydney’s Origin II blockbuster’s on Wednesday night "will be the highest grossing Origin match in history," worth an estimated A$30M ($28M) to the National Rugby League, ANZ Stadium and the state of New South Wales, according to David Riccio. Unlike in Queensland, where officials "were f ...

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Ainslie Leads UK's America's Cup Bid

Sailor Ben Ainslie will lead a $134M British challenge for the 35th America's Cup in '17, "aiming to return sport's oldest trophy to his country for the first time," according to Josh Reich of REUTERS. Ainslie has now "set his sights on a British challenge," seeking to lead his country to a first wi ...

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Organizers said that ticket demand for the 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix "has been unprecedented." The number of tickets already sold, combined with the number that "have so far been reserved by companies, tour operators and agents," means that 75% of all tickets "are spoken for ...

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Laureus Awards To Be Held In China

Laureus Sports Awards Chair Edwin Moses said that the '15 edition of the prestigious award "will be staged in Shanghai, China," according to the PTI. The proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Academy "supports more than 150 community sports projects in 34 countries, including China." The globally ...

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The European field hockey federation (EHF) and the sport's Dutch governing body (KNHB) announced that the 2017 EuroHockey Championships, women and men will be held at the Wagener Stadium in Amsterdam from Aug. 19-27, 2017. Three countries submitted an expression of interest -- France, Netherlands an ...

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Four Venues Named For America's Cup '17

San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago or Bermuda "are all vying to stage the America's Cup finals in 2017," according to the BBC. A final decision "is due by the end of the year." Four-time Olympic champion Ben Ainslie "hopes to challenge for the America's Cup with his own British team." Oracle Team USA ...

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New Zealand AFL Fixture In Doubt

Fewer than half the 13,285 people who attended this year's Anzac Day Australian Football League match at Westpac Stadium "paid for their tickets" -- a revelation that "could put the future of the annual event in jeopardy," according to Dave Burgess of the DOMINION POST. It was understood just 6,400 ...

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ACS CEO Talks World Cup Preparations

Global charter company Air Charter Service is among a long list of hospitality providers grappling with the logistical challenges posed by World Cup host Brazil. ACS, which flew a total of 231,502 passengers around the globe in '13 and boasts annual revenue of more than $400M, will organize flights ...

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