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    $105 Million for Australian TV Rights

    A record price will be paid  for the rights to broadcast the 2010 and 2012 Olympics in Australia.

    Around the Rings is told that Nine Network, along with Foxtel, captured the TV rights with a deal worth $105 million.

    They will take over from Seven Network, which has held the Australian rights continuously since 1996.

    IOC member Richard Carrion from Puerto Rico, who negotiated the Australian rights, says the IOC is pleased with the new deal.

    “I think it’s a very significant increase from the 2006-2008 level and we are happy with the outcome,” he tells Around the Rings.

    Seven had paid about $54 million for the 2006 and 2008 Olympics, so the new rights package represents a doubling of income for the IOC.

    Weeks ago Carrion had said discussions in Australia were still in an informal stage between two parties.

    “We had strong interest in the last six weeks and accelerated the process,” he says about the surprise conclusion of negotiations.

    The IOC had put off making a deal in Australia last year, saying the timing was not right.

    The deal announced by the IOC includes Nine’s network of free-to-air channels plus a cable offering through Foxtel.

    Nine Network CEO David Gyngell, who took on his post only last month, says the rights package in Australia was desirable for London 2012.

    “We believe the London Olympic Games will be a great event. London is a solid cultural fit with our viewing audiences and it is likely to achieve strong ratings, particularly with the historical links in sporting and cultural terms between Australia and the United Kingdom.”

    FIFA Bans Azerbaijani Stadium

    The Azeri Press Agency is reporting that FIFA has banned the use of Baku’s Shafa Stadium for an October 18 match with Albania, saying it does not meet FIFA standards.

    Bahruz Asgarov, head of the Azerbaijani Football Federation told APA “we intended to play at Shafa stadium. But its cover does not meet international standards yet. FIFA should give recommendations on the issue”.

    Baku is one of the applicant cities for the 2016 Olympics.


    Establishes Youth Fund

    The chairman of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa announced the creation of a fund to help African youth.

    General Lassana Palenfo made the announcement Thursday after meeting with Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso to discuss how to manage the project.

    “We have just implemented the decision to set up this fund. We have come to see the President in order to appoint a coordinator and start working as soon as possible” Palenfo said.

    FIFA World Cup Rotation Ending?

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that he would like to see the end of the rotation used for the host city of the World Cup. In an interview with

    BBC’s Football Focus, Blatter noted that the motion to change the format came

    after Brazil became the only country to bid for the 2014 World Cup, scheduled to go to South America.

    "I am advocating we open the market," Blatter said.

    "We are not in a very comfortable situation in South America. We only have one bidder. It is better to have three or four associations trying to get the number one competition of the world."

    Should the rotation format be dropped, it could open the door for England to host the World Cup in 2018. The country failed in its last bid, for 2006, which went to Germany.

    Wasserman Joins LA ’84 Foundation

    Casey Wasserman was named to the board of directors of the Los Angeles ’84 Foundation. Wasserman currently serves as chairman and CEO of the Wasserman Media Group, and also owns the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League. His company represents many athletes, including Olympians Mia Hamm, Hope Solo, Misty May-Treanor, and Joe Johnson.

    The LA ’84 foundation manages Southern California's share of the surplus from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

    16 Italian Cities Bid for 2010 FIVB Worlds

    The International Volleyball Federation has announced that sixteen Italian cities have entered bids to host games for the 2010 FIVB Men’s World Championships. Of the 16 entries, only 10 will be kept to hold matches. The list of official cities will be announced in the beginning of next year.

    New USTA CEO

    Arlen Kantarian was announced as the new CEO of the United States Tennis Association.

    He will move from the office of chief executive of professional tennis to CEO on December 1. He joined the USTA in 2000.

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