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Volume 6 No. 192

Events and Attractions

The FA "remarkably received the backing" of Germany for England to host the 2030 World Cup -- without any negotiations, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. There is not yet a decision by the FA, "still bruised" from the '18 bid debacle, about whether to put its hat in the ring for '30, when the World Cup is "expected to be staged in Europe again." But German FA (DFB) President Reinhard Grindel announced his country would "fully support England as the UEFA candidate." This "premature endorsement is all the more surprising considering the history of tournament bidding rivalry between the nations," including the "disputed gentlemen's agreement" that the FA would support Germany for the 2006 World Cup in return for its backing around Euro 1996 -- the last big football tournament held in England. The FA welcomed Germany's support for '30, but "there is going to be no reciprocal backing" for its ambition to host Euro 2024 (DAILY MAIL, 11/12).

The Mexico City government announced "there will not be public parking" for Sunday's NFL game between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azteca, according to Ilich Valdez of MILENIO. The city will provide transportation to the stadium, with "various stations to be set up throughout Mexico City." The same system was in place for the recent Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix (MILENIO, 11/8). In Mexico City, Lenin Patiño reported the second edition of the NFL Ball Parade took place on Sunday. NFL Mexico Dir Arturo Olivé said, "For us, it is an honor to repeat the Locos por el Arte exhibition at our 2017 Ball Parade as one of the initiatives related to next Sunday's game" (LA AFICIÓN, 11/12).

Ireland and France are "hoping their late behind-the-scenes lobbying will have done enough for one of them to overhaul South Africa when the decision on who will host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is announced," according to Jack Tarrant of REUTERS. The World Rugby Council will name the host nation in London on Wednesday, with South Africa the "odds-on favourites" after being recommended by board's evaluation report last month. The council "could still opt for any of the three bids in Wednesday's secret ballot," with 20 of the available 39 votes needed, but is "expected to rubber-stamp the recommendation." Ireland and France, however, "are not giving up and have publicly taken issue with criticisms of their bids" -- actions that were a "breach of the bidding protocol" (REUTERS, 11/13).

'SEEMS CRAZY': RTÉ reported former Ireland rugby int'l Hugo MacNeill "heavily criticised World Rugby's technical review," which rated the Irish effort as the "weakest of the three bids" to host the '23 event. MacNeill said that "a number of assertions made in the report left him puzzled." In particular, he expressed "slight incredulity that Ireland was ranked an equal security risk to South Africa." MacNeill: "Ranking Ireland as an equal security risk to South Africa just seems crazy. The World Peace Index -- which is the most respected index on security issues -- ranks Ireland as the 10th safest country in the world, France as the 51st safest country in the world and South Africa as the 123rd safest country in the world" (RTÉ, 11/13).

The MLB San Diego Padres will host the L.A. Dodgers in a three-game series from May 4-6 in Monterrey, Mexico, a source confirmed. The games will be played at Estadio Monterrey, which the Padres previously visited for regular season series in '96 and '99. The latest series in Monterrey "replaces a three-game set that had been scheduled for Petco Park." MLB reportedly has a process to "help compensate the Padres for lost revenue." The series will be the first of six MLB intends to play in Mexico over the next six seasons. There also are plans for series in Asia and the U.K. (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/12).

Canada's women’s rugby league players
"have had to set up GoFundMe accounts ahead of this week’s World Cup, to help with a number of expenses related to the tournament." Ravens players including Natalie King, Mackenzie Fane and Christina Burnham have all used the social fundraising site in recent weeks "in a bid to cover lost wages and bills while they are in Australia" (Brisbane COURIER-MAIL, 11/13).

A big crowd at Manuka Oval for a potential women's Ashes decider "could fuel Canberra's bid" for a Big Bash League license. The women's Ashes series could be decided in a Twenty20 at Manuka Oval, depending on Friday's result. Canberra businessman Mark McConnell is behind a "bold BBL expansion bid and sees strong crowds on Sunday and Tuesday as a great show of support" for a T20 franchise in the capital (THE AGE, 11/13).

announced a collaboration with esports company eFootball.Pro to create a professional esports competition using Konami’s football game series. The new int'l league will aim to attract players from around the world and will be broadcast globally. EFootball.Pro President Gerard Piqué said, "The goal is to drive all that makes traditional football the king of sports, towards electronic football, towards eSports" (Konami).