Australian Football League side Brisbane Lions is in negotiations with the Tasmanian Government to sell a home AFL Women's game next season, according to Andrew Hamilton of the Brisbane COURIER-MAIL. The Lions "stand to reap" A$100,000 ($76,200) from the deal "which would see a game shifted from Brendale to York Park in Launceston." The Kangaroos’ bid for an AFLW license this week "was made in partnership with AFL Tasmania and would involve a hybrid team training and playing games in Hobart, Launceston and Melbourne." The Tasmanian Government sees the deal with Brisbane "as a way to increase interest in the women's competition" ahead of the club's potential entry in '19. The Lions played three games at home and four on the road in the inaugural AFLW season but are "set to receive four home games for next season." The Lions women’s program "ran at a financial loss in its first year" but the unbeaten run to the Grand Final and the open and "enthusiastic nature" of the players has "greatly increased" its corporate appeal. Brisbane expects to make "significant sponsorship announcements in coming months and if the deal with Tasmania is locked away will make a profit from next season" (COURIER-MAIL, 6/18).
Events and Attractions
China's "move to embrace the sport" of MMA has "gathered pace over the past week with the country now poised to host the next edition of the Asian Open Championships," according to Matthew Scott of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The newly created China Int'l Mixed Martial Arts Federation will invite its int'l counterpart to Beijing in July to "seal the deal." CIMMAF Secretary General Adrian Lee said, "We hope to make it formal then. We have very strong government support and the sport can only go forward from here." The CIMMAF "only came into existence last November and has brought three fighters to the first staging of the Asian championships," being held in Singapore this week. Lee: "We are just here for the experience really this time around" (SCMP, 6/16).
The World Twenty20 Championship's seventh edition next year is "all set to be scrapped" and pushed to '20 as the top member nations "will be busy with bilateral commitments" in '18. According to "highly-placed sources" in the Int'l Cricket Council, the next edition of ICC World T2O "will only be held" in '20. However, the venue is "yet to be decided." An "influential" ICC source said, "Yes, it is true that we are skipping with World T20 edition in 2018. Look, no venue was decided" (PTI, 6/18).
With "technology helping and gambling being legal" in the U.K., around Rs 2,000 crore ($300M) was expected to be wagered on Sunday's ICC Champions Trophy final between Indian and Pakistan, according to estimates by the All India Gaming Federation. India appeared to be a clear favorite of bookies on Friday "but not by a large margin" (TIMES OF INDIA, 6/18).
Dorna WSBK Organization and Santamonica SpA announced a contract extension which will see Misano World Circuit host the Superbike World Championship until '20 (WorldSBK).