The Indian Premier League wants to expand the world’s most successful Twenty20 competition into other countries, including Britain, according to Elizabeth Ammon of the LONDON TIMES. IPL Chair Rajeev Shukla said that the league was doing "wonderfully well" and added that after English football’s Premier League, it had become the world’s "most important domestic sporting tournament." He said, "Now we are planning to take it overseas to places like Dubai, the U.K. and also America." IPL officials have reportedly been investigating the possibility of having a "home" venue in London. It would "probably be the Oval rather than Lord’s, given Surrey’s development plans that will create the largest-capacity cricket venue in the country." Some matches would be played there "in the same way that the NFL plays matches at Twickenham and Wembley." There is also the possibility of a "full-time London-based franchise in addition to the eight India-based franchises." Although the IPL could seek a deal with a British venue, "it would almost certainly need approval" from the England & Wales Cricket Board (LONDON TIMES, 5/23).
Events and Attractions
The UEFA Women’s Champions League final will become an "unmissable event when it separates from the men’s contest next year," UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said ahead of this week’s "showpiece" in Kiev between VfL Wolfsburg and Olympique Lyonnais, according to Christian Radnedge of REUTERS. The two titans of women’s football will meet on Thursday, two days before Liverpool takes on Real Madrid in the men’s edition in the Ukrainian capital. However, it will be the last time the two matches take place together, "with next year’s women’s final in Budapest while the men’s version will be held in Madrid." Ceferin was confident that the club competition "could emulate the success of last year’s Women’s European Championship hosted in the Netherlands." He said, "The potential for women’s football is limitless and it is with this in mind that we decided to separate the two UEFA Champions League events. That will give the women’s game a platform of its own, to continue to grow and to become an unmissable event and television spectacle in its own right" (REUTERS, 5/23).
The Ukraine State Security Service (SBU) on Wednesday warned of a "possible cyber attack" on state bodies and private companies ahead of the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday. The SBU is "particularly concerned that critical infrastructure appears to be a target" and believes Russia is behind the possible attack (REUTERS, 5/23).
The Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) will make its debut at Silverstone as part of the Speedmachine festival from Friday-Sunday. Four qualifying rounds, followed by the semifinals and a final will be held across Saturday and Sunday. Cooper Tires will be the official tire partner of ARX (ARX).
Ubisoft will overhaul its esports structure for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. The Rainbow Six Siege Pro League will "move away from a bracket-style season to a traditional league format." Traditional league formats "have become a popular trend for professional-level esports," with the Overwatch League and NBA 2K League debuting this year. Each season will last 14 weeks, with "all teams playing at least one match each week." Seasons will culminate in an int'l championship featuring the two teams from each region with the best record (THE ESPORTS OBSERVER, 5/23).
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