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Volume 6 No. 197


Automotive supplier Brose took over all shares of the Franken 1st Basketball Holding GmbH, Bamberg on Oct. 22. A company spokesperson said, "With this decision we document our interest in a long-term oriented and stable development of Bamberg's elite basketball." Franken 1st will merge with Bamberger Basketball GmbH and operate under the latter name. The Franken 1st group was founded in '07 to legally document the existing cooperation with Nuremberg's Basketball. The takeover of the shares through Brose happened on the basis of the increasing economic and athletic competitiveness in basketball. The Brose Group said, "In order to continue to compete at a top level in Germany and Europe, the basketball group requires a solid financial foundation and a further professionalization" (Brose Baskets Bamberg).

Argentine first division side Colón's players "decided not to play in a game scheduled for Monday against Atletico Rafaela," according to LA NACION. The players "were bothered by the fact that the club owes them seven months' pay." The confusion "was greater because no one officially communicated on what was happening." What is "for sure is that Rafaela players were at the stadium while the crowd waited in vain for the beginning of a game that never got started." Colón VP Rubén Moncagatta said that the players "reviewed the decision to not play with representatives from the Argentine Footballers Association." The rules say that if a team -- "in this case Colón, does not appear for a game, the opponent wins the points" (LA NACION, 11/18). ESPN reported Colón's "serious institutional crisis on Monday wrote another scandalous chapter" by suspending the game against Atletico Rafaela. Later, Colón President Germán Lerche resigned (ESPN, 11/18).

Odisha, India Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday "formally launched Kalinga lancers, the latest franchise" to join the Hockey India League, according to the PTI. Patnaik also unveiled "Kalinga Lancers' logo and jersey for the members of the Odisha" field hockey team. The Lancers would be the "sixth team in the tournament which is scheduled to start" Jan. 23. The state-owned Industrial Infrastructure Development Corp. and Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL) have "joined hands and formed Odisha Sports Development and Promotion Company to own the franchise" (PTI, 11/19).

League One side Oldham Athletic Chair Simon Corney has confirmed that he will "not be selling" the club to Marwan Koukash, according to the BBC. Koukash, the owner of Super League's Salford Red Devils, made "advances to purchase the Latics and the town's rugby league side, Oldham Roughyeds." Koukash planned to build a new stadium "at which both clubs would be based," but said that he wants Oldham to "stay at Boundary Park." Work is under way to build a new stand that will cost in excess of £6M ($9.7M). Corney: "I think the issue he [Koukash] had was that he would want to move somewhere else and build a brand new stadium that would incorporate the rugby. That's fine, and actually that's a very good idea, but it didn't appeal to me because I've been here for 10 years. Of those 10 years, I've spent seven trying to build a new stand." Corney, who said he had not "spoken with Koukash for around six months but described him as a 'wonderful fellow,' repeated his stance regarding financial investment" in Oldlham. Corney said, "It doesn't matter which division and whatever our status is -- if the right person came along and had the interests of Oldham at heart, I would always welcome them in, but it has to be the right person" (BBC, 11/19).

One of Europe's "most iconic" football clubs, Austrian Bundesliga club Rapid Vienna, is undergoing a "revolution," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The club has a new president, plans for a "new stadium and is targeting a new era as one of Europe's top clubs in the world's best city to live in," according to Mercer's latest Quality of Living ranking. The Austrian club will be remembered by "most football fans for its pre-Champions league exploits in the old European Cup Winners Cup." As one insider "close to the club" said, "the past is like my arse, it's behind me. The future starts now and this is what we are building for." After 12 years as president of the club, former Austrian Finance Minister Rudolf Edlinger is "being replaced by 53-year-old Michael Krammer," previously CEO of telecom company Orange. Krammer was "elected by members on a seven-point plan: the outsourcing of financial operations to a non-listed company; a new 25,000 seater stadium built on the site of the current Gerhard Hanappi stadium; the set up of new sales and marketing models; the medium term goal of acquiring 10,000 new members; increased transparency; an offensive in the field of mobile services and social media" and a push to open up Rapid Vienna internationally (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 11/19).