The German Handball Federation (DHB) and the Handball Bundesliga (HBL) "have reacted to the empty arenas at the Handball Supercup and formed a task force," according to SPORT1. The task force, which includes DHB President Bernhard Bauer, VP Bob Hanning and HBL CEO Frank Bohmann, "has already held a meeting during the event." Bohmann: "That was a shot across the bow, but the arenas don't fill themselves. Nothing is for free anymore." Only "a third of the tickets to the Supercup games in Bremen and Hamburg were sold." Bohmann "demanded a better marketing of national team games in the future." Former German national team coach and DHB Sport Manager Hainer Brand "criticized the planning of the four-nations tournament." Brand: "The choice of the big arenas was maybe a little unfortunate" (SPORT1, 11/5).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
Golfer Ernie Els has "described as 'farcical' the European Tour's increased playing demands and will register his disapproval by skipping" next week's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, according to Andrew Both of REUTERS. He is "annoyed at the tour's new regulation that its members must play two of the three events leading into Dubai to be eligible" for the $8M season finale. Els: "Why would they make a decision like that and expect guys to play? It's farcical. In my view it's an absolute joke." He said that he "understood why the European Tour wanted to coax its top players into contesting more of the big-money Asian tournaments." He said, "I can see (the tour's point of view) but it's crazy. I've been playing both tours since 1994 and it's been no problem but for some reason now the European Tour expect us to play a full schedule. We used to play seven events and you could keep your card in Europe. Now you have to play more than in America. ... They're making it almost impossible for me to remain playing the tour." Still, the tour is "unlikely to ever lose its top European players -- nearly all of whom covet Ryder Cup selection" (REUTERS, 11/3). Golf Channel’s Notah Begay III said of Els' complaint, "He has been a big advocate for the European Tour. I think he understands what it requires to represent the game and the tours that he plays on." Begay said it is a "bit unfair” because Els "qualified by virtue of points" and his argument is that golfers “should be looked at as independent contractors.” Begay said Els "does have a little bit of a leg to stand on in this particular case." Begay added if Els understands the "protocols that are required, it might affect things a little bit" ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 11/4).
The Tamil Nadu Tennis Association has pleaded with the All India Tennis Association to not penalize the State Associations which conduct int'l events by insisting on royalty money from them, and suggested that "the national body should find an alternate revenue model to raise funds," according to Kamesh Srinivasan of THE HINDU. Responding to the latest communication from the AITA following decisions taken by the exec committee that state associations hosting Challengers held by the national federation would be charged a royalty of Rs.50,000 ($809), and be given added voting rights as per the constitution, the TNTA has stated that "no money ought to be charged as the AITA did not support the events in any way." Interestingly, the AITA has specified that state units conducting Challenger events by dealing with the ATP on their own would still have to pay Rs.100,000 ($1,620), "and will not be eligible for any additional votes." The TNTA claims that the royalty of Rs.100,000 "was unfair as it was in direct communication with the ATP with regard to the conduct of the Challengers without any help from the AITA" (THE HINDU, 11/5).
In "a major reprieve" to the Pakistan Cricket Board, a divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court restored Najam Sethi as its acting chairman and also "allowed the interim management committee appointed by the government to resume its functioning," according to the PTI. The decisions "were announced after the bench heard the appeals filed by the PCB and the government in the capital city" with lawyer Asma Jahangir "making a forceful argument before the judges in the court." An eyewitness said, "Asma Jahangir, who is representing the government in the case, gave a impassioned argument lasting some 90 minutes which appeared to convince the divisional bench that until a decision is taken on the appeals, Sethi and the interim management committee must be allowed to resume work" (PTI, 11/5). PAKISTAN TODAY reported the confusion over the status of Sethi and the interim management committee began on Oct. 28, "when Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui suspended Sethi at 9am for not complying with an earlier legal order issued by Justice Siddiqui to elect a permanent chairman for the PCB" by Oct.18. However, at 12:30pm on the same day, "the board's lawyers argued successfully to a different two-judge bench at the same court on the same case to maintain the status quo" -- that is, Sethi and the interim management committee -- at least temporarily. However, the written order of this judgment, released on Oct. 31, refers to no such conclusion, "leaving those board officials who received it, baffled." Both judges admitted to an "inadvertent" typing mistake and clarified that "the bench meant to ask the PCB to function until the appeal is decided." The PCB "had remained without a chairman and administrative body for six days" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 11/4).
A union representing British sportsmen and women "has launched legal action in Switzerland to try to ensure more sympathetic treatment for athletes caught using recreational drugs." The Professional Players Federation, which has more than 15,000 members across football, golf, rugby union and cricket, "is challenging moves by the World Anti-Doping Agency to punish offenders in the same way, irrespective of whether they had used performance-enhancing or recreational drugs." The PPF said that "the focus should be on trying to help sports stars who take drugs like cocaine and cannabis" (REUTERS, 11/5). ... Sportradar is to monitor cricket tournaments in Australia for signs of betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity. The company has announced Cricket Australia as its latest integrity partner as part of an agreement under which it will monitor the latter’s Ryobi Cup, BUPA Sheffield Shield and KFC Big Bash T20 League competitions (Sportradar). ... South Korea "has been elected as an Asian representative on the world's top anti-sports doping body." South Korea "will return as a continental representative on the Foundation Board at the World Anti-Doping Agency" (YONHAP, 11/5). ... Italian motorcycle brand Aprilia "will start competing again in the MotoGP Championship in 2016 after last racing in that category in 2004" (REUTERS, 11/5). ... A Delhi police official said that the Central Bureau of Investigation has recently dispatched letters rogatory to U.K.-based Betfair.com "to probe into money trail in Indian Premier League match fixing-cum-betting case" (DECCAN HERALD, 11/4).