League Notes: NBA Clubs, Players Donate Money To Support Earthquake Relief In China
The NBA revealed Thursday that NBA teams and players will donate 1M yuan ($162,048) "to support earthquake relief efforts in Southwest China." The contributions "will be delivered to the China Youth Development Foundation through the league's global social responsibility program, NBA Cares, to aid victims and their families of Lushan, Sichuan province in disaster relief and rebuilding efforts" (XINHUA, 4/25). ... Intelligence agencies have written to the Chennai police to enhance security arrangements for the ongoing Indian Premier League cricket matches at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium. In a two-page note sent to the Police Commissioner, intelligence agencies suggested that watch towers be erected at strategic locations around the stadium. Police sources said that "deployment of additional manpower, surveillance cameras and plainclothesmen was suggested at vantage points" (THE HINDU, 4/25). ... FIFA is launching a museum in its home city of Zurich, Switzerland "designed to be a meeting point for the enire football family including fans, clubs and sponsors" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/25). ... New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew hailed '12 as "their best year" since '05. The union's 121st annual meeting in Wellington Wednesday was told of a NZ$3.2M ($2.7M) operating surplus, its first since '08, and NZ$51.9M ($44.3M) in cash reserves (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 4/25). ... An appeal by Greek football club AEK Athens to have its "punishment for crowd violence overturned failed on Thursday as the Greek Football Federation (EPO) upheld the Greek Super League that led to the club's relegation" (REUTERS, 4/25).