All five games of the final round of the A-League season this weekend will "have an impact on the make-up of the top six but Football Federation Australia has ruled out the possibility" of synchronizing kickoff times for round 27 in future years, according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The "sense of drama on the final day" of the '11-12 EPL season will "unlikely be a feature in A-League seasons to come." The FFA confirmed that synchronizing the last round was "not possible due to other demands." Round 27 is "spread across five kick-off timeslots from Friday to Sunday evening." In almost "all other leagues, and the final round of group games of the World Cup, games are held simultaneously for competitive purposes." A-League clubs have "long wanted" synchronized kickoffs but "not at the expense" of jeopardizing other factors such as the "revenue streams associated with broadcast partners." Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata said that his club "had a significant advantage of playing the last game of the weekend, as their fate will likely be known before they play" (SMH, 4/10).
Events and Attractions
European Tour officials said on Thursday that "without corporate sponsors," its lone "golf tournament in South Korea will move to Singapore this spring," according to YONHAP. The European Tour and the Asian Tour "announced that the tournament tentatively titled The Championship, originally scheduled to be played in South Korea in May, will be held in Singapore instead." Laguna National Golf and Country Club was "unveiled as the new venue for the May 1-4 tournament." The event started in '08 as the Ballantine's Championship, but "Chivas Brothers withdrew its sponsorship last October." Former tournament promoter Parallel Media Group Chair David Ciclitira said that the organizers are "hoping to bring the tournament back to South Korea" in '15 (YONHAP, 4/10).
The NBA will play five preseason games in four countries this October as part of NBA Global Games 2014. Five teams -- the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs -- will play a series of games in five cities in Brazil, China, Germany and Turkey. NBA Global Games will also include regular-season games to be announced at a later date. Along with the oncourt action, NBA Global Games 2014 will feature a variety of off-the-court activities, including NBA Cares community programs and interactive fan events in each city (NBA).
|NBA Global Games 2014 Schedule
|San Antonio Spurs vs. Alba Berlin
||O2 World Berlin
|San Antonio Spurs vs. Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul
||Ülker Sports Arena
|Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Miami Heat
||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings
|Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings
The state government of Sao Paulo on Thursday presented a "published guide for tourists visiting Brazil" for the World Cup. The 236-page guide -- available in Portuguese, English and Spanish -- is titled "Roteiros Paulistas" ("Paulista Routes") and presents 55 possible travel routes. Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin said that he expects his state to receive 300,000 of the 1.2 million tourists expected to visit Brazil for the World Cup (EFE, 4/9). ... The FIA Formula E Championship confirmed that all of its official preseason tests will be held at Donington Park circuit in the U.K. with free admission to fans. Beginning on July 3, the 10 Formula E teams will be given five full test days with every one open to the public free of charge (Formula E). ... The Tour de Suisse is to receive an optimized format from '15 onwards. The opening and final weekends of the event will be staged in key regional areas to increase appeal and public perception and allow the fans more involvement with the event (Infront).