Oceania

The New South Wales government has opted to refurbish instead of rebuild Sydney’s ANZ Stadium as part of a revamp of a major stadium redevelopment plan that will ensure the venue continues to host the Grand Final of Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) for the next 25 years.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today (Thursday) formally commenced a process to expand the A-League by adding two new clubs from the 2019-20 season, with a decision set to be made in October.

Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) has confirmed the launch of a Women’s Premiership, with automotive company Holden signing on to title sponsor the inaugural event this year.

The Australian Football League, which operates the top tier of Australian rules football in the country, has registered a huge jump in its turnover for 2017 thanks to the start of lucrative new media-rights deals.

Gold Coast City Council has dropped plans to mine data from Commonwealth Games visitors who use free high-speed wifi, according to Australian public-service broadcaster ABC.

Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid will debut a new global interactive exhibition in the Australian city of Melbourne, it was announced today (Wednesday).

The PGA Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia golf organisations have signed a cooperation agreement that will seek to develop the sport both in the Australasian region and worldwide.

Andrew Demetriou, former chief executive of the AFL Aussie rules football league, has been appointed co-chair of the Australian National Basketball League’s advisory board.

A European-based consortium has agreed a deal to take over Australian A-League football club Adelaide United.

The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) has announced new events in Brisbane and Vienna for the 2018 World Series of Darts, with the Austrian capital set to become the new home of the end-of-season finals.

Todd Greenberg, chief executive of Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), has revealed that regular-season matches could be played in the US as early as next year amid plans to further grow the profile of rugby league in the country.

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has unveiled a groundbreaking partnership with English Premiership club Harlequins, the first time it has entered into an official relationship with an overseas team.

New Zealand Rugby has posted a record profit of NZ$33.4m (€19.8m/$24.1m) for the 2017 financial year, a figure which owed much to the British and Irish Lions’ tour of the country last summer.

Golf’s European Tour has made further efforts to expand its horizons by establishing a commercial base in Australasia, while the Asian Tour has added another Chinese tournament to its calendar.

A consortium featuring two former NBA players has agreed a deal to take over the New Zealand Breakers, which competes in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL).

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today (Friday) outlined expansion plans for the domestic A-League as it prepares to welcome a delegation from world football’s governing body Fifa that will assess governance of the sport in the country.

The Adelaide Oval has been awarded hosting rights to one of the matches during the 2020 edition of the State of Origin, the annual Australian rugby league series.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced that six locations will stage legs of its Track Cycling World Cup in 2018-19, with only Milton in Canada returning as a host destination from last season.

Netball New Zealand has said it will bid to host the sport’s 2023 World Cup to tie in with the organisation’s centenary year.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today (Thursday) closed an investigation into allegations of corruption concerning an Ashes Test match between Australia and England last year, stating there is “no evidence” to suggest any wrongdoing took place.