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World Speedway comes to Melbourne - 24 October 2015

THE 2015 FIM Speedway World Champion will be crowned at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on October 24. The deal between BSI Speedway, the rights holder of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) series, and Etihad Stadium is for five years, which means the event will be held at the state-of-the-art multi-purpose stadium until 2019. The last time world speedway came to Australia was 2002 in Sydney. Tickets for the event go on sale at 9:00am on Friday, October 10, starting from $49 for adults and $24.50 f...
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Cubs trophy seen as nearly 'a religious artifact' - 19 January 2017

The Chicago Cubs World Series trophy seems to have taken on special meaning for thousands of fans who have waited for hours to see it in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. “It's almost becoming a religious artifact of some sort,” said Allen Hermeling, senior director of corporate partnerships for the Cubs, who accompanied the trophy. The estimated 5 million people who turned out for the parade and celebration in Chicago in November put that event in the top 10 of mass gatherings w...
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Brazil vs Argentine replaces International Champions Cup in 2017 - 10 February 2017

TLA Worldwide Chairman Bart Campbell has confirmed there will be no International Champions Cup (ICC) in Melbourne in 2017. It was announced on Friday morning that an international friendly between South American powerhouses Brazil and Argentina will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on June 9. Both Campbell and TEG CEO Geoff Jones admitted the difficulties in planning such an event which would clash with a World Cup and European Championship tournaments. They used Last year’s...
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Boomers to take on PAC-12 College All Stars in Melbourne - 31 May 2016

The biggest names in Australian basketball are set to go head-to-head with the best of American college basketball for two matches in Melbourne, when the Australia Boomers play the USA Pac-12 College All-Stars. Melbourne’s Hisense Arena will stage the 2016 Australian Boomers Farewell Series on Tuesday July 12 and Thursday July 14. The games will give fans the opportunity to see the final Boomers team for Rio, and arguably the greatest team Australian basketball has ever assembled, facing o...
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How the man behind the International Champions Cup sells Australia - 7 March 2016

You would think convincing and organising for one European powerhouse to tour Australia would be a hassle, imagine orchestrating this for three, very big clubs. Meet Bart Campbell. Co-founder of and Executive Chairman of TLA Worldwide, who alongside Nine Live (now TEG Live), were responsible for pitching the idea and luring Man City, Roma and Real Madrid for last year’s International Champions Cup [ICC] and now Juventus, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid and Melbourne Victory for this year’s instalme...
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Victory returns to MCG for 2016 International Champions Cup Australia -19 December 2015

  Melbourne Victory will take centre stage when the International Champions Cup Australia, presented by Audi, returns to Melbourne in 2016.Victory, the first Australian club to compete in the International Champions Cup, will open the tournament at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, July 23, 2016.Melbourne Victory last appeared at the MCG in 2013, when 95,446 fans witnessed a memorable match against Liverpool FC. Victory's inclusion in the 2016 International Champions Cu...
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Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus to headline Melbourne’s International Champions Cup in 2016 - 18 December 2015

EURO giants Juventus and Tottenham will headline a revamped International Champions Cup tournament in Melbourne next July, that will also include Melbourne Victory. The local powerhouse will be the first A-League side to feature and will kick-off the event against Juventus at the MCG on July 23 2016. The other change will be the addition of a fourth side, to be confirmed in February. Paul Pogba and Harry Kane, two of the hottest young stars in world football, will light up the tournament with o...
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Could A-League clubs play in future ICC editions? - 15 July 2015

  The promoters behind the International Champions Cup have flagged the possibility of including Hyundai A-League teams in future Australian editions of the high-profile pre-season tournament. The ICC will be staged Down Under for the first time this month when Real Madrid, Manchester City and Roma face off at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This year's North American edition of the event will see the likes of Major League Soccer clubs LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes and New York Red Bulls...
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International Champions Cup in Australia: How Manchester City, Real Madrid, Roma were lured - 14 July 2015

REAL Madrid, Manchester City and Roma in Melbourne. How exactly did Australia manage to land three of the world’s biggest sporting clubs, with some of the world’s iconic players, in our own backyard this football off-season? At the time the deals were negotiated to bring the trio here for the International Champions Cup, Manchester City were the Premier League champions, Real held the UEFA Champions League, while Roma ended up finishing second in Italy’s Serie A last term. Bart Campbell, cha...
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TLA Worldwide Says Manchester City To Take Part In International Champions Cup tournament - 5 December 2014

Athlete representation and sports marketing group TLA Worldwide PLC said Friday that Manchester City will be taking part in the International Champions Cup football tournament in Australia next year. The International Champions Cup is being launched in Asia Pacific from next year and is part of TLA Worldwide's developing events business. Manchester City will compete against Real Madrid and one other premier European club, which will be unveiled for the 2015 fixture in the coming weeks, TLA ...
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International Champions Cup to Expand to Asia In 2015 - 5 August 2014

      With the success of the International Champions Cup soccer tournament, the event organizers have announced that the competition will be expanding to Asia in the summer of 2015. “The 2014 Guinness International Champions Cup featured the largest soccer crowd ever in the United States, continually put world-class soccer on display across North America, and Monday night in Miami was no exception,” said Charlie Stillitano, CEO of Relevent Sports. “Manchester United and Liverpool...
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Yalla Yalla! The joy and pain of supporting Iraqi football

Irrespective of the on-field heartbreak or heroics, the Iraqi football fans have shown an Australian audience what passion looks like.  As Liverpool FC's legendary Manager, Bill Shankly once said " Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that ...". When Shankly shared this nugget of wisdom, it was unlikely that he had Iraqi football fans in mind, but it’s a more than fitti...
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AFC Asian Cup 2015 Communities Program Delivers Amazing Crowds - 8 April 2015

The AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Communities Program has been instrumental in ensuring the Asian Cup is one of the most successful and inclusive major events ever held in Australia. Almost 383,000 fans attended the 26 matches not involving the Socceroos for an average of 14,727. The LOC had worked with cultural marketing specialists Red Elephant Projects to execute the program. The program achieved outcomes beyond our expectations. The Asian Cup crowds have been a vital part of the tournament...
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Community ambassador program could prove to be the legacy of 2015 Asian Cup - 3 February 2015  

The 2015 Asian Cup could have a legacy far greater than covered benches at football grounds as Football Federation of Australia are in discussions to maintain the community ambassador program that helped make the tournament a success.  An ambassador program run by Red Elephant Projects and funded by the 2015 Asian Cup LOC was a major driving force behind the high ticket sales for games not involving the host nation and it could now help boost support for the A-League and other games. Me...
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New Zealand Rugby League World Cup Festivals kick off this week - 16 March 2017

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) and Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) are launching their national Festivals programme in Dunedin this week. NZRL and RLWC2017 have partnered to deliver 20 festivals across New Zealand, giving young rugby league players and their families the chance to learn more about rugby league and to get behind the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns in their respective Rugby League World Cup campaigns this year. Fans and their families will get their first opportunity this Friday (1...
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Steeden and Schick become official partners of RLWC2017

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) today unveiled the Official Match Ball for this year’s tournament as manufactured by STEEDEN, the Ball and Training Equipment Partner of the RLWC2017. The design on the “Symmetry” STEEDEN match ball incorporates elements of the RLWC2017 tournament logo and will be used at both the men’s and women’s Rugby League World Cups. The partnership with the RLWC2017 adds to STEEDEN’s existing portfolio of organisations using their world-leading rugby leag...
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RLWC2017 announce NZME as official media partner - 30 November 2016

Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) is delighted to announce New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) as the tournament’s Official Media Partner in New Zealand. NZME is one of New Zealand’s leading media and entertainment businesses with its brands connecting with over 3 million Kiwis. NZME is in the homes, cars and devices of New Zealanders as it delivers quality content across its multiple radio, print and digital platforms, making the company the natural media partner for RLWC2017. As...
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AccorHotels partners with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup - 15 February 2017

Accor Hotels has been named the Official Accommodation Partner of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) taking placing in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from 27 October until 2 December 2017. The countdown is on for international rugby league’s pinnacle international event with games set to be played in Auckland, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Christchurch, Darwin, Hamilton, Melbourne, Perth, Port Moresby, Sydney, Port Moresby and Wellington. The partnership with the RLWC2017 w...
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Rugby League World Cup boss Andrew Hill says tournament will leave a legacy - 12 February 2017

Rugby League World Cup CEO Andrew Hill is predicting this year's tournament will be the best ever. That's not such an outlandish claim considering the patchy history of the code's global spectacle, but with 256 days until the event Hill is in an optimistic mood about what lies ahead. Hill, who is based in Sydney, is a former general manager of the Eels and was working for the NRL before taking on his current role. Although New Zealand won a joint bid with Australia to co-host this year's World ...
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RLWC2017's first New Zealand community ambassadors inducted - 3 February 2017

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 Organising Committee has welcomed the first of the tournament's New Zealand Community Ambassadors at an event held in Auckland. In front of New Zealand Sport and Recreation Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and RLWC2017 CEO Andrew Hill, the first of a 100-strong team of Community Ambassadors received their uniform from RLWC2017 Chief Ambassador NZ, Sir Peter Leitch. "Our Rugby League World Cup Community Ambassadors are passionate advocates of the sport and understand...
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RLWC2017 announce Oil Search as tournament partner in PNG - 1 February, 2017

Oil Search, an oil and gas exploration and development company who first established themselves in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 1929, have long supported the development of sport, including rugby league, throughout the country. In 2015, the RLWC2017 Organising Committee (OC) announced PNG as "Hosting Partner" alongside co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, with the country to stage the PNG Kumuls’ three pool matches against Wales (28 October), Ireland (5 November) and the USA (12 November). Andrew...
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Rugby League World Cup 2017 ticket prices announced - 11 October 2016

Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) has announced its fan-friendly ticket pricing for next year's tournament to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from 27 October to 2 December. Fans are encouraged to purchase early to secure the best seats at the lowest prices, starting from $10 for kids and concessions, $20 for adults and $45 for a family of four. The ticket pricing reflects the RLWC2017 organising committee’s vision of having next year’s tournament seen by more fans than ever bef...
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Suncorp Stadium to host RLWC2017 Semi and Final -19 July 2016

In a major sporting coup for Brisbane, Suncorp Stadium will host a semi-final AND the final of Rugby League World Cup 2017. Details of the RLWC 2017 draw were announced today. On hand for the announcement were the captains of Papua New Guinea (David Mead), Australia (Cameron Smith) and New Zealand (Jesse Bromwich). The semi-final will be played on Friday 24th November 2017 with the final the following Saturday, 2nd December 2017. Queensland also secured six additional pool games - three in To...
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New Zealand to host seven games for Rugby League World Cup 2017 - 19 July 2016

The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will see seven matches hosted in New Zealand. This country has missed out on the final - which will be staged across the Tasman, just like in 2008 - but fans in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton will be able to soak up action from tournament. It was confirmed at the official tournament draw today that the Kiwis will be joined by Samoa, Tonga and Scotland in pool action, with matches to be played across the North and South islands. All three Kiwis po...
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Major Events Fund invests in Rugby League World Cup

2017 Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced up to $1.35 million will be invested, through the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF), to help New Zealand co-host the Rugby League World Cup 2017 with Australia. “The Rugby League World Cup 2017 is expected to deliver strong economic benefits for New Zealand, particularly as New Zealand will host a home semi-final game,” Mr Joyce says. “As one of the host nations, New Zealand ...
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Unpopular rule change axed for ANZ Premiership - 16 March 2017

Unpopular rule change axed for ANZ Premiership One of the most unpopular rule changes in the transtasman netball league has been done away with by Netball New Zealand for the new elite domestic competition. Extra time will be reinstated for the ANZ Premiership, which gets underway in 10 days time, ensuring all matches will be played to a result. It comes after extra time was controversially eliminated in last year's transtasman league in order to appease broadcasters who wanted certainty to th...
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New Zealand's top netballers will be back in action from March next year in the ANZ Premiership - 15 November 2016

 Netball New Zealand today announced further details of the inaugural ANZ Premiership, which is set to get under way on March 26 next year. A blockbuster "super round" in which all six teams will be in action at the same venue will signal the start of the new era of elite netball in New Zealand. The competition will open with the first of three "Super Sundays", featuring three games back-to-back. The first round will be hosted in Hamilton, with Invercargill (round 6) and Auckland (round 12) to ...
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Netball New Zealand unveils new ANZ Premiership - 26 October 2016

Netball New Zealand, in partnership with ANZ, is pleased to announce the ANZ Premiership – New Zealand’s new elite Netball league. The ANZ Premiership will be the world’s most intensely fought, captivating and innovative female sports league featuring six teams; SKYCITY Mystics Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Central Pulse Mainland Tactix Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel and the newly formed Northern Stars. Headlining the Northern Stars will be internationals Leana de Bruin, Kayla Cull...
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