Nike proves digital prowess amid China lockdown, Tokyo 2021 reschedule gives China event headache, Advance Publications progresses on IRONMAN purchase, Wu Lei and Lang Lang to join LaLiga charity music festival, China foreign entry ban casts doubt on CBA season start, and the Chinese Athletics Associations brings on data-driven Huami. We spoke with Li Shuangfu, Co-Founder and President at Lanxiong Sports - a leading multi-service China sports industry platform - about China’s impending sports resumption, how media and broadcasters handled the lockdown, what’s next and desirable for Chinese media, and his three key takeaways from an unprecedented time for the sports industry.
NBC Sports Gold, the US broadcaster’s over-the-top (OTT) service, has made its Premier League soccer package and nine other sports passes free to access during the coronavirus-enforced shutdown of live events.
The four Bundesliga sides that qualified for this season’s Uefa Champions League have created a €20 million (US$21.8 million) solidarity fund to support clubs in German football’s top flight and second-tier 2. Bundesliga during the coronavirus pandemic.
Clubs in English football's top-flight Premier League are potentially facing a string of contract negotiations and legal battles with sponsors due to the delayed season finish from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Daily Mail.
Football Federation Australia (FFA), the national soccer body, has stood down 70 per cent of its workforce in what it describes as a “regrettable decision” forced by the coronavirus pandemic.
The United Soccer League (USL), which oversees the lower tiers of US club soccer, has launched a month-long Rocket League esports competition in an attempt to keep fans engaged during the pause in the season forced by the coronavirus pandemic.
Cindy Parlow Cone, the new president of the US Soccer Federation (US Soccer), has said resolving the equal pay lawsuit with the US women’s national team (USWNT) before the scheduled 5th May trial is one of the national governing body’s “top priorities”.
Clubs in Italian soccer’s top flight, Serie A, saw their revenue grow by 13.5 per cent during the 2018/19 season to €2.77 billion (US$3.05 billion), according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Football was the biggest contributor as European sponsorship spend climbed a modest 1.9 per cent to €30.69 billion (US$33.44 billion) in 2019, according to the 2020 ESA Sponsorship Market Overview.
The German Football League (DFL), the organising body for Germany’s top two soccer leagues, has postponed the Bundesliga’s upcoming domestic media rights tender because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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