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Volume 10 No. 22


Scottish Third Division Rangers CEO Charles Green will attempt to convince fans face-to-face that "Ibrox should be renamed" for £2.5M ($3.9M), according to Scott McDermott of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Green will "meet supporters groups at the stadium to discuss a potential deal" with Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley, founder of British retailer Sports Direct. Green "hopes to cash in on the naming rights to Ibrox," by incorporating Ashley's Sports Direct brand. Green is "keen to accept Ashley’s offer," of a £1.5M ($2.4M) down payment, which will rise to £2.5M if Manager Ally McCoist's team "achieves certain targets" (DAILY RECORD, 1/23).

The Tasmanian government will invest A$15M ($15.8M) into the redevelopment of Blundstone Arena in Bellerive, Australia. The announcement, made Wednesday by Premier of Tasmania Lara Giddings, and Cricket Tasmania Chair and Cricket Australia Dir Tony Harrison, matches the A$15M investment from the Commonwealth government announced by PM Julia Gillard last year. Once completed, Blundstone Arena’s capacity will be increased to almost 20,000, which will help Tasmania’s bid for Int'l Cricket Council Cricket World Cup matches in '15. Tasmanian cricket legend Ricky Ponting said, "Blundstone Arena is going to become one of the world’s most modern and engaging venues" (Cricket Australia).

One of Oman’s top professional football clubs "has set out to build what has been called the nation’s 'biggest sports infrastructure initiative.'" Fanja Club, an eight-time winner of the nation’s football championship, "plans to build the facility on a 75-acre parcel it owns in the Sah al Ahmar neighborhood of Bidbid, roughly 35 miles southwest of Muscat." The facility’s sports-related attractions will include a football academy, a hospital tailored to athletes, two gymnasiums (one for men, one for women), a "world-class 40-lane bowling alley," and a nine-hole golf course (GOLF BUSINESS COMMUNITY, 1/22). ... EPL side Wigan Athletic has revealed redevelopment plans for its Christopher Park training ground to turn it into a high quality academy facility. The Wigan first team currently trains at Christopher Park but will move to a purpose-built site out of town with the existing facilities redeveloped to focus solely on the club's young players (Wigan Athletic).