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Volume 6 No. 196


Bundesliga club Bayern Munich is looking to increase its global presence by opening two new offices outside of Europe, according to Ingo Rentz of HORIZONT. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, "We plan on opening two offices abroad. One in China and one in New York. From there, we want to increase the international popularity of the FC Bayern brand and grow our merchandise and sponsorship income" (HORIZONT, 10/21).

Taiwan Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling said on Monday that the Ministry of Education is lending a helping hand to the Brother Elephants, "one of the most popular teams in Taiwan's professional baseball league," in its search for a new owner, according to the CNA. Chiang: "The ministry has been in talks with two or three potential bidders." Chiang revealed that "his ministry and its Sports Administration have contacted local conglomerates on the Elephants takeover deal." As Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League only has four teams, Chiang said that "his ministry cannot sit idly by when one says it plans to pull out." Chiang added that "once an Elephants takeover deal is struck, the ministry will also help push for the establishment of a fifth professional baseball team" (CNA, 10/21).

For EPL Fulham fans, the "greater worry after a stuttering start to the season" is whether team Owner Shad Khan can "adjust to the flow of English football," according to Mihir Bose of the London EVENING STANDARD. Despite buying the club in July for an estimated £150M ($243.3M), Monday’s match against Crystal Palace was "only the second time Khan had seen his side play this season." Khan is "in London because his NFL team, Jacksonville Jaguars, are playing at Wembley on Sunday." For fans who think the 122nd-richest man in the U.S. "will open his cheque book every time the club are in trouble, Khan’s message is very clear." Khan: "Throwing money on the fire is normally not the solution to every problem." Whatever "advice Khan receives, one thing is clear." He will not make former Owner Mohamed Al Fayed-style "grandiose promises" that Fulham will become the ManU of the south. Khan said, "My ambition is that Fulham should be firmly established in the Premier League, to be sustained [financially] so they are not depending upon the generosity of a Mr Fayed. He put in a lot of money. We will do some development of the hospitality, premier seating, to get more money to invest in the club." This has "already meant major changes" in the way the club is run. Khan: "We have people from NFL and Jacksonville in London working together with Fulham on [commercial] opportunities. It is not the American takeover of Fulham. It is really how to make it better" (EVENING STANDARD, 10/22).