The man who negotiated the National Rugby League's record A$1B ($937M) TV deal, Channel Nine CEO David Gyngell, "has thrown his considerable weight behind the NRL having a second team in Brisbane," according to Wilson, Massoud & Hooper of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Despite predictable denials out of NRL headquarters on Wednesday, NRL powerbrokers "have held talks about the possibility of moving the Cronulla Sharks to Queensland" in '15. One hugely-influential figure in rugby league "who welcomed the narrative about a second NRL team north of the border was Channel Nine heavyweight Gyngell," who successfully outbid rival networks to win the NRL's five-year A$1B broadcast rights deal. Gyngell said, "I am 100 percent in favor of a second team in Brisbane. I support any moves the NRL makes on this because we have been pushing for it now for several years. It does nobody any favors only having the Broncos in Brisbane" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 9/26).
The European Tour announced on Wednesday a new 10-year agreement with Golf Channel for all European Tour tournaments until the end of the '24 season. The extension to the existing seven-year arrangement will begin in '15 and was announced on the eve of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (European Tour). ... ONE Fighting Championship, Asia's leading mixed martial arts organization, announced Tuesday that "Yahoo has become its official digital partner, hosting exclusive editorial and video content of the Singapore-based promotion on a dedicated MMA section on its sports website" (PHNOM PENH POST, 9/25). ... German media service provider Wige has signed a contract with the new Sochi F1 race course as a general contractor. The company was awarded with the contract in the area of "special race electronic," which has an eight-figure budget. The buget includes the complete technical implementation of the Sochi F1 circuit, which is located at the Olympic Park. The racetrack is expected to be completed in '14 (Wige).