China leaves Pyeongchang on a high

Here is this week’s China Sports column for SupChina, which was first published here.   Short track world record gives China long-awaited first – and only – gold in Pyeongchang China’s saving grace came almost at the last attempt. Despite pre-Games talk from Chinese officials that medals would be hard to come by and that it was a real […]

FIFA nets yet another Chinese sponsor, while CFA provides much-needed transfer clarity

Here’s a summary of what you can find in my weekly China Digest for SportBusiness: Scooter company becomes latest Chinese firm to bankroll FIFA Yadea has become the latest Chinese company to sponsor FIFA, with the electric scooter company becoming a “regional supporter” – the third of three sponsorship tiers – for this year’s World Cup in […]

Experience is key for Team China in Pyeongchang

Here is a summary of this week’s China Sports column for SupChina, which was first published here.   The long-term goal remains 2022, but China still has several medal hopes in Pyeongchang. The host nation of every Olympic Games – whether Summer or Winter – typically does much better than usual in the medal standings, due to a combination […]

Wigan Athletic takeover, AFC open to offers, China’s Olympic-sized delegation and more

Here’s a summary of what you can find in my weekly China Digest for SportBusiness: Hong Kong’s IEC in line for Wigan Athletic takeover [UPDATE] As this column was going to press, news was filtering through that International Entertainment Corporation (IEC), controlled by Hong Kong’s well-known Cheng family, has entered into a two-week period of exclusivity (expiring Feb […]

China’s Li Haotong bests Rory to surge up world rankings, as Marbury confirms retirement

Here is a summary of this week’s China Sports column for SupChina, which you can read in full here.  “Li Who?” goes head-to-head with Rory McIlroy – and beats him Remember a few years ago when a 14-year-old amateur from China by the name of Guan Tianlang became the youngest golfer in history to make the cut at the Masters […]

CSL TV rights deal resolved, 3×3 takes hold and the NBA’s New Year plans in China

In addition to my SupChina column, I’ve also been filing a weekly China Digest for SportBusiness over the past year. Here’s a summary of what you can find in this week’s version:  CSL TV rights deal extended for another five years It’s been a roller coaster ride for the Chinese Super League (CSL) over the past three years […]

Bending – and breaking – the rules in Chinese football

Here is today’s China Sports column for SupChina, which you can read in full here. Below is a summary of what went on this week.  Circumventing the rules A newly-arrived foreigner in China could be forgiven for thinking there are a lot of rules. But the trick to being successful, he or she might soon learn, isn’t learning […]

Carlos the Jackass, CFA on trial and the search for the new Li Na goes on

Here is today’s China Sports column for SupChina, which you can read in full here. Below is a summary of what went on this week.  Tevez can’t keep his mouth shut, enrages Chinese fans To be clear, Shanghai Shenhua got badly burned by the failed Carlos Tevez experiment. Don’t believe any of the numbers you’ve heard or seen […]

Where next for China’s failed football experiment?

Earlier this year, China and Germany established a high-level football partnership, at the center of which China’s U20 national team was to play a series of games against teams in Germany’s south-west. But a Tibetan protest at the very first game has left the entire cooperation in tatters – and could have ramifications for China’s […]