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China Seeing Influx Of WTA Events, But Questions Remain On Domestic Player Growth

04 / 25 / 14

In the six years since being granted special status by the Chinese Communist Party, the success of tennis players Li Na and Peng Shuai has "stoked not only national pride but a massive influx of tennis investment in China's most populous cities, creating a market estimated" at $4B, according to Shau...

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Ex-Cricketer: Meiyappan Ran IPL CSK

Former Australian cricketer Mike Hussey said that Gurunath Meiyappan ran Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings in "comments that could add fuel to a spot-fixing scandal," according to the AFP. Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan, "has b ...

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10/02/13
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Spain's Education, Culture & Sports Minister José Ignacio Wert met with and congratulated Spain's national roller hockey team on Monday, following the team's fifth consecutive world championship, which it won Saturday in Angola. Wert said, "We have softened Spanish tax authority Mini ...

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10/01/13
Court Delays Srinivasan's BCCI Return

India's supreme court on Monday delayed N. Srinivasan's return as the country's cricket chief, saying there was "something seriously wrong" with the Board of Control for Cricket in India, according to the AFP. The 68-year-old cement tycoon "had been elected unopposed" as the head of the BCCI fo ...

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10/01/13
How Sustainable Is NFL In London?

The NFL is "fully invested in the idea of placing a franchise in London," and while no timetable has been set, '20 "seems like a logical target date," according to Gary Myers of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. The league has been "conducting periodic meetings to evaluate the logistics of having a team in Londo ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, United Kingdom, North America

10/01/13
Fans Rank S-League Over MSL

According to the Straits Times' online EPL fan survey, the Great Eastern-YEO'S S-League "surprisingly ranks ahead of the Malaysian Super League in terms of popularity among local football fans," according to Fabius Chen of the STRAITS TIMES. Of the 3,046 respondents, 66.1% ranked the MSL "as their l ...

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10/01/13
ERC: English Clubs Sabotaging TV Deal

The men in charge of European rugby union's leading club competitions "have accused English clubs of plotting the demise of both tournaments in a row over broadcasting rights," according to the LONDON TIMES. European Rugby Cup CEO Derek McGrath insists that "the door remains open to clubs ...

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09/30/13
Cuba Allows Athletes To Compete Abroad

Cuba has announced that its athletes will "be able to sign contracts with foreign professional sports leagues," according to Eva Saiz of EL PAIS. Following the Cuban national baseball tournament, the law "will go into effect in November for baseball players" and on Jan. 1 for all other Cuban athlete ...

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09/30/13
Brian Cookson Elected New UCI President

British Cycling President Brian Cookson has been elected Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) president at the UCI's annual congress in Florence, Italy. Cookson won with 24 votes out of a total of 42 voting delegates, compared to 18 for outgoing UCI President Pat McQuaid. Cookson said, "I would like to thank-y ...

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09/30/13
Ecclestone, FIA Reach Deal Worth $274M

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "has handed over a bonanza payout to Formula One’s ruling body that could be worth as much as" £170M ($274M), according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. Motorsports governing body  FIA announced Friday that "it has finally approved the deal, known as the ...

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09/30/13
Sulayem Considers FIA Presidential Bid

UAE Automobile & Touring Club President Mohammed Ben Sulayem confirmed that "he is contemplating running in the upcoming FIA presidential elections, a decision that could make the Emirati the most powerful man in world motorsports," according to Gary Meenaghan of THE NATIONAL. He is preparing to ...

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