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US broadcaster ESPN has penned a six-year multi-platform rights deal with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). The deal, which focuses on providing coverage through the US network’s ESPN3 channel, was announced on Monday, a day before the start of the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Manly Sea Eagles, the newly-crowned Australian National Rugby League (NRL) champion, has suggested Dubai as a venue for rugby league’s World Club Challenge in 2012. The match, which is staged between the champions of the Australian and English rugby leagues, has been staged in England for the past 11 years.
FC Barcelona has announced its intention to take its FCB Campus initiative to India in 2012, stating the country is “important and strategic” for the club. Barcelona has linked up with Conscient Football for the project, which will grant aspiring young Indian footballers the chance to be trained under the famous club model.
President Sepp Blatter revealed on Friday his long-awaited plan to reform FIFA, with the announcement headlined by the decision to re-open the infamous case concerning the collapse of former marketing partner ISL. Blatter, who was re-elected for a fourth term in office on the pledge that he would clean up the corruption plagued governing body, also announced the creation of a ‘Committee Good Governance’ along with three new task forces. The Committee Good Governance, which will be established at the next meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee in December, will oversee reforms undertaken by FIFA
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has slammed suggestions that the concept of relegation and promotion could be scrapped, dismissing the idea as “scare-mongering”. Last week saw Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers’ Association, state that some of the foreign owners in the Barclays Premier League want to abolish the relegation and promotion system in the top flight sparking great debate within English football circles. Liverpool’s American owner John Henry has already dismissed the idea as “complete nonsense,” telling The Associated Press it “hasn’t been discussed”.