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Volume 6 No. 212


Cricket Australia has opened its new A$29M ($27M) National Cricket Centre located at Allan Border Field in Brisbane. The center features indoor and outdoor training facilities (CA). In Brisbane, Phil Lutton wrote "planted at selected points throughout the new National Cricket Centre were some of Cricket Australia's finest offerings, casually making use of the whiz-bang" now at their disposal. Lutton wrote, "Oh look! Is that Usman Khawaja doing a few chin ups? And if it isn't James Pattinson working his quads." Groups of invited guests, officials and media "could see a bare-chested Ryan Harris dotted with probes, which would then provide a real-time 3D video of his bowling technique." This "was the future vision of Australian cricket laid bare, an addition to the national framework that will give elite talent every opportunity to take their games to the next level" (BRISBANE TIMES, 11/12).

Plans for a new F1 track on the outskirts of Moscow "took a major step forward Tuesday with the announcement that prolific motorsport architect Hermann Tilke’s company had been tasked with designing the circuit," according to R-SPORT. Tilke has designed all of the last 10 circuits to debut on the F1 calendar "and has reshaped several more existing tracks." His involvement "is widely seen as a step towards getting the sport's organizers to approve a new race." City planning official Vladimir Zhidkin said, "It is planned to open a race track that will be able to host competitions of the very highest level, right up to Formula One racing" (R-SPORT, 11/12).

German automobile club ADAC "is considering buying the bankrupt Nürburgring racetrack," according to Christoph Ruhkamp of the FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG. Sources said that the ADAC "submitted a non-committal offer last week." The focus of the organization "is the racetrack itself, and not any of its other parts such as the roller coaster or the shopping mile." The ADAC "acted without any other partners from the auto industry." Experts said that "based on an assessment, the possible purchase price could be around" €100M ($135M). The number means that "even in a best-case scenario, the State of Rhineland-Palatinate would only get a fraction of the around €400M of taxpayer money it invested in the Nürburgring back." However, after the racetrack "was able to get rid of its debt during the insolvency proceedings," administrators Lieser and Schmidt announced a revenue of €55M-€60M ($74M-$81M) for this year "as well as a positive operating result" (FAZ, 11/11).

Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez has "prepared a Christmas present for the Real's youth academy," according to Hugo Cerezo of MARCA. The youth players' residence "will open after the Christmas break." Players from outside Madrid "will live in Valdebebas," a district of Madrid, starting Jan. 8. The building work is "at an advanced stage." The directors of Real Madrid’s "La Fábrica" ("The Factory") academy and its players "will move in there in barely two months' time." The academy players will leave the residence "where they have lived for the past two years." However, they will still have to "attend the same school every day until the end of the academic year and will have to travel the almost 40km every morning." Another possibility is that the youngsters' residence be used "as a meeting place" for Real Madrid's junior team, Real Madrid Castilla (MARCA, 11/12).

SANTIAGO BERNABÉU: In Madrid, P. Polo reported the "project to renovate the Bernabéu stadium is still being studied." Real Madrid has hired construction firm Bovis to study the four "possible remodeling projects under consideration." Bovis will "decide which is the best project -- as much for aesthetic as for its capacity to exploit the stadium's resources." While waiting for Bovis to "make its final report and Pérez to give the final word, the negotiations for the stadium's partial title sponsorship are ongoing" (MARCA, 11/12).

Recently released documents revealed that Silverstone, the historic race track which hosts the F1 British Grand Prix, "is to be sold" for little more than £10M ($16M), according to Christian Sylt of the London INDEPENDENT. The sale price "stands in stark contrast to the construction cost of purpose-built racing circuits: a new 3.5-mile track, which is set to rival Silverstone, is being built in Wales" at a forecast cost of £250M ($398M). The Silverstone track "is ultimately owned by the British Racing Drivers Club." It now "wants to distance itself from the track," which made a £3.3M net loss last year. Although the deal for Silverstone has not yet closed, the terms were agreed on Aug. 8 "when the BRDC signed a conditional binding agreement to sell its circuit business, Silverstone Circuits Ltd, along with a separate lease of 467 acres of track-related land." Although the identity of Silverstone's new owner has not been revealed, "it is understood it wants to retain the existing circuit management" (INDEPENDENT, 11/12).

League One Bury's ground "has been renamed" The JD Stadium after the club secured "the largest commercial deal in the club's history." The Shakers have agreed to a three-year deal with the sports retailer JD Sports Fashion, "which will also see JD become the main shirt sponsor from next season" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 11/12). ... Derbyshire County Cricket Club wants "to redevelop the County Ground, their home for the last 143 years and want to host a World Cup match" in '19. The county will apply for £3.65M ($5.8M) of funding "to improve the ground which the club says is the only viable option if they are to stay in Derby" (SKY SPORTS, 11/12). ... The Australia Football League "has blocked Football Federation Australia" from booking Etihad Stadium in Melbourne for the A-League grand final. The standoff means Melbourne Victory, should it win hosting rights, "will have to play the title decider at AAMI Park, denying in excess of 20,000 fans the chance to attend" (HERALD SUN, 11/12).