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Volume 6 No. 212

Events and Attractions

The FA has confirmed that it is "considering taking the Community Shield abroad," according to Kieran Gill of the London DAILY MAIL. The revelation comes after Arsenal beat Man City in the Community Shield final in front of 71,523 people at Wembley -- "almost 20,000 shy of capacity and nearly 40,000 less" than the attendance for ManU vs. Real Madrid in the U.S. in preseason. FA General Secretary Alex Horne said, "It's an interesting idea and, obviously, we've seen the NFL do something similar with their games coming to Wembley. The NBA are doing it and we know that Spanish football and Italian football are looking at doing that with their own Supercup-type games." Any move overseas, though, would have to wait until '18 as Horne acknowledged that "the Community Shield has a deal with Wembley until that year" (DAILY MAIL, 8/11).

Formula E has completed two full-event simulations as the world’s first all-electric single-seater championship gears up for its first race in Beijing on Sept. 13. Both events took place at Leicestershire’s Donington Park, where a temporary pitlane and pitboxes were assembled to mimic those that will be in place at the street circuits the series will visit. Accreditation procedures, operational and IT infrastructures and even TV broadcasts were also tested. During the second simulation, for the first time the 10 teams ran all four of their cars as the two non-qualifying sessions, qualifying and an endurance test were completed to the schedule that will take place at the races. While a number of issues were encountered, overall the events were considered a success (Formula E).

Pakistan "may have to wait another year before unveiling its own big-money franchise Twenty20 league." This weekend the Pakistan Cricket Board "was due to open financial bids from two parties" who want the rights to run the Pakistan Super League for the next 15 years. But the PCB "decided to delay the opening of the bids by 10 days," to Aug. 18 (THE NATIONAL, 8/10). ... The Int'l Cricket Council confirmed that India and Pakistan "are set to play a bilateral series" in Dec. '15. This "will be the first of six series scheduled between the two countries" during the eight-year future tours program cycle from '15-23 (PAKISTAN TODAY, 8/9).