League Notes: Brazilian Football Confederation Offers Portuguesa FC $1.6M To Play In Serie B
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) offered Portuguesa FC £1M ($1.6M) to "accept the decision to play in Série B of the Brazilian Championship" in '14, according to ESPN Brazil's "images of a document containing the proposal." Portuguesa finished 12th "in last season's championship, only to be relegated following a points deduction for fielding a suspended player" (SAMBAFOOT, 1/20). ... With Indian Premier League dates "expected to clash with the general elections this year," the Board of Control for Cricket in India "is in talks with the home ministry on security measures for the high-profile T20 tournament even as it scouts around the world for other venues." With most franchises batting for the IPL to be held in India, the BCCI "is also looking at alternative home grounds for teams, apart from their original turf." If a certain state can not provide security within a certain window, the BCCI "will try and accommodate those matches in some other cities" (TIMES OF INDIA, 1/20).