The Italian Cup final will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Rome next month "even if it ends up as a local derby match," according to Terry Daley of REUTERS. There are fears that if Serie A clubs AS Roma and Lazio get through to the final on May 26 "there could be a repeat of the scenes that marred Monday night's 1-1 league derby." The issue "is further complicated by the Rome mayoral elections that will take place on the same day." Serie A President Maurizio Beretta said, "In Milan the last derby was played on the same day as the local elections and in any case the final can't be moved to Saturday because of the Champions League final. It's right the final is played in Rome" (REUTERS, 4/13).
Events and Attractions
Despite losing money for three years straight and "a dearth of impact fighters," the Road Fighting Championship, Korea's largest Mixed Martial Arts organization, "is in good shape," according to Jung Min-ho of the KOREA TIMES. The Road FC finished its 11th event with its "biggest success ever at the Olympic Hall on Saturday." Although the ticket sales remained to be counted, the 3,000-capacity venue was almost filled. Road FC CEO Jung Mun-hong said, "Last year showed the Road FC's rapid growth. This year, we will continue to work hard to make the sport global and more popular." For the first time, the event made its foray into int'l broadcasting with a live pay-per-view on Ustream (KOREA TIMES, 4/14).
The Automobile Club of Germany (AvD) "will be the organizer of the F1 race at the Nürburgring," according to Dietmar Brück of the RHEIN ZEITUNG. The decision means the race on July 7 will be called Grand Prix of Germany. For a long time, it was unclear which automobile club, ADAC or AvD, would "be the race organizer." There were temporary discussions "to include both automobile clubs." The AvD owns the rights to the Grand Prix of Germany name and "originally wanted a high amount for it should the race at the Nürburgring take place using this name." If the ADAC "had been the organizer, the race would have been called Grand Prix of Europe." At the beginning of the negotiations, it became public that the ADAC, contrary to the AvD, "did not require any payments from race track operator Nürburgring Betriebsgesellschaft (NBG)." It is unclear if this status has changed throughout the negotiations. An AvD spokesperson confirmed the agreement and said, "The contracts have been signed" (RHEIN ZEITUNG, 4/11).
A-League's newest franchise, Western Sydney could "set a new record" at Sydney's Allianz Stadium when it plays Central Coast this Sunday. Tickets go on sale to Wanderers and Mariners members Monday and "demand is likely to be extreme, with officials already confident of a sell-out" despite the game being held at the home of Sydney FC, the Wanderers' cross-city rivals (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4/15). ... The Asia Cup cricket tournament will be held in Bangladesh for the second time in a row after India, who had earlier agreed to host the '14 edition, "backed out citing a packed international schedule." The likely dates for the tournament will be Feb. 24 to March 8 (TIMES OF INDIA, 4/14).