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    Thanks for your posts 2cents, they are real fun! And even possible too!
    i would say that if the conflict you mention is true, both LYB and LD have to move with care, specially LYB. LD might be able to pull some strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcll99 View Post
    wow, LD signed a lot of sponsorship deals: intel, KFC, gillette, pepsi, KIA, Fedex, etc...


    http://baike.baidu.com/view/89024.htm
    Wow, KFC too?

    I thought that I choose his sponsor partners really carefully and he would represent a product only if he thinks it's a good product.
    Well, I question that KFC is good for the human people...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Accordaz View Post
    Wow, KFC too? I thought that I choose his sponsor partners really carefully and he would represent a product only if he thinks it's a good product. Well, I question that KFC is good for the human people...
    Yea I seem to recall him saying in one of the interviews being careful in representing/backing the sponsors' products, especially medicines(?) or supplements(?) or food related products(?) (forgot which he referred to). Or maybe the KFC chains are quite different in China than in US or Europe. Like McDonald's, they may have healthier local food varieties.

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    When asked by the reporter to rank his priorities, Lin Dan as expected still placed his family first, followed by career, and winning titles come last. And as usual, his greatest wish now is to become a father next year. http://sports.qq.com/a/20130917/003707.htm

    For the next 4 months, his only badminton involvement is the CBSL beginning 28th Sep. Talking about the CBSL, it has been revamped.

    First, the new season will stretch from 28th Sep to 5th June next year;

    Second, the format is best of five matches comprising two singles,two doubles and one mixed of 3v3, namely, MS, WS, MD,WD, and XD composing of 3 players with 2 men and 1 woman on each side;

    Third, the scoring system is 11-point, not 21;

    Fourth, before each tie, there will be a MD match played between amateurs;

    Fifth, each team to be made up of minimum 8 professionals and at least 3 amateurs.

    Regarding the 11-point per set scoring system, its purposes are to facilitate TV broadcasts and minimize the risks/rate of injury of the national players. On this Lin Dan has his reservations about its entertainment value owing to shorter matches, the element of chance would be higher, plus the addition of 3v3 XD and the reverse MD matches as well as the amateur MD square-off, all of which have never been tried before; hopefully the various clubs can quickly get used to them.

    This time, four of the participating clubs will make their home base in Guangdong including Lin Dan's BAYI and Lee CW's New Century City and it is to be hoped the 'Lin-Lee Battle Royal' will become the highlight to the delight of the fans.

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    My intuition is that Lin Dan's participation in Rio'16 will only be confirmed just before the next Olympic qualifying cycle when he must be in active competition to chalk up enough ranking points to become one of the top two CHN MS to qualify for the Olympics. Should he not be the top 2 Chinese by then, I think none of his colleagues will be willing to make way for the two-time Olympic champion.

    Or he could be playing mind games with and against LYB ? Or maybe he's buying time to wait and see if LCW is serious about aiming for Rio ? There is still quite a bit of time for the whole saga to play itself out. Keeps us in suspense.

    On another note, how many players 'suffered' and is 'suffering' in Lin Dan's era? Now my main concern is Chen Long, looks what's happening to him now ?!

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    when hauge 1st mention that fuhaifeng had a son,a lots of fans cannot accept and claim that it is not true.

    i choose to believe what 2scent said.

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    Good idea to have BWF to initiate the OG qualifying points right after the previous game itself. This will keep the players in line to keep fit and entertaining the fans regularly. Or a separate point system for Olympics till the next edition.

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    For those of you who haven't had enough of Lin Dan vs Lee CW, we are in for another treat. Based on this report http://sports.qq.com/a/20130918/016405.htm , the Dream Clash of The Titans is slated for 5th Oct in the early rounds of the new season CBSL between Lin Dan's BAYI and Lee CW's Guangdong New Century City after the latter's opening tie with defending champion Qingdao team.

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    The CBL match system sounds...Crazy. As Lin Dan says, if the score is only to 11 the "best" player will be more unlikely to win all the time. And about the XD...I understand that it's okay to do in practice and the such but...I don't know about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giga01 View Post
    The CBL match system sounds...Crazy. As Lin Dan says, if the score is only to 11 the "best" player will be more unlikely to win all the time. And about the XD...I understand that it's okay to do in practice and the such but...I don't know about this.
    11 point system is perfect for Bao CL.
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    New CBL system sounds incredibly stupid. If every league continues to set its own rules, we might as well stop calling it badminton in those leagues. The really annoying thing is ppl trying to invent new disciplines, that's just...unnecessary and has low entertainment value in my experience. Example would be the American league where they played similar matches, and with a different point system as well.

    Personally, I don't agree with leagues/tournaments trying to reduce risk of injury by adjusting the playing format. Professional athletes should look after themselves, and manage their playing schedule in such a way that they don't risk injury due to playing too many tournaments/matches in too short a time.

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    I agree, those rules for the CBSL are not serious. It's all fake, like wrestling in the US. It is all show, not sport. Anyway, the CBSL have always been badly organised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by renbo View Post
    I agree, those rules for the CBSL are not serious. It's all fake, like wrestling in the US. It is all show, not sport. Anyway, the CBSL have always been badly organised.
    If CBSL have always been badly organized ,why did LCW, Intanon R, KKK/TBH and Taufik Hidayat joined them and even said they enjoyed it, esp Intanon whose stint has benefited her and she has even signed another 3-yr contract ?

    Instead of imputing questionable or negative motives to CBSL, as if they are out to kill themselves paying good money for nothing, let alone try to promote badminton, why don't you try to understand their rationale for introducing those radical changes and give your reasons for your disapproval like what Lin Dan has done ?

    For example, if the 11-point scoring system turns out to be a bad move for both players and spectators - say matches are too short to be entertaining to watch or too much uncertainty in the outcome or players not willing to attack for fear of losing easy points, etc - don't you think they will change or improve it next time?

    The CBSL organizer has already explained the purpose of introducing the 11-point scoring system is to facilitate TV broadcast - long hours of TV time can be very expensive or boring for the average viewer day after day or week after week - and CBA is concerned about risks of injuries to their national players who have international tourney duties and obligations throughout the period.

    The CBSL is meant to popularize and promote the sport at the grassroots level which is why this time they added in an amateur MD match as 'appetizer' before every tie and the players are expected to mingle and interact with the crowd.

    Finally, your comparison of CBSL with wrestling in the US is inapt, an ill-chosen example, even unsavoury - for reasons I obviously need not elaborate. If you care to give constructive criticisms, I'm sure both CBSL and CBA would greatly appreciate it.

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    To me it seems more like a promotional tour with the stars, some amateurs, some show (3vs.3), some small junks of "real badminton", cheerleaders, ...
    Nothing too serious, but more like advertising/show. Players won't take it too seriously...

    The real sport is then played again in SS, WC and OG...

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    How can the XD 3v3 match possible have been a good idea and a good promotion of the sport? I don't know how I would react if I was a professional player but...I dunno. Some might feel insulted, I guess it really depends on your attitude, how seriously you take it, because...I don't feel it's that easy to have a professional win or lose match 3v3 and either not being able to take it seriously or be very frustrated. Won't the court feel a bit too small for those players? I don't doubt they will come up with some good and crazy tactics but still.

    And CBSL and CBA has to understand the game of badminton more than I do, so it feels like some of the new ideas maybe shouldn't have left the table at all.

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    Furthermore,renbo, are you implying that these foreign players, LCW and Intanon just to name two, are in cahoots with CBSL to put on a fake show ?

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    Personally, I tend to agree with Lin Dan that the 11-point scoring system may not be a good idea though, surprisingly, it has been doing fine for international table tennis which, however, it's best of seven sets for individual events and best of five for team events.

    Imagine, by the time you warmed up, the set is over or when you make a number of easy mistakes and it's too late for you to catch up.I guess the organizer just want to try it out to see if it works and partly to accommodate CBA's concern about their national players' risks of injury. Only by experimentation can we actually evaluate its merits and demerits.

    As I've brought it up before, Li Yongbo in the past was critical of his national players taking part in the domestic league but later relented to allow the players earn extra income and do their part to promote badminton. Perhaps the 11-point scoring system this time is a compromise between CBSL and CBA.

    As for the 3v3 format, I'm not keen either. Looks fun and entertaining, more as a diversion or relaxation, and mainly for the casual players - serves no significant purpose for the professionals as the 3rd player is redundant in an overcrowded court.
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