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 […]

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 […]