Alibaba Sports Group (Alisports), is a majority owned subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA). Alibaba Sports Group will leverage the Alibaba platforms to integrate e-commerce, media, marketing, video, home entertainment, cloud computing and other internet-enabled technologies to form a sports platform that will participate in different aspects of the professional sports industry. This includes, but is not limited to, sports IP, sports media, events, ticketing and merchandising.
Alisports will take care of the TV production and media exposure through their media platform for 6 of the legs of the ABF Tour. The prize money for the top 4 bowlers in the Men and Women division respectively will be US$4,000 for each of the legs. Since 2004, Chinese Bowling Association has not joined the ABF Tour.
Because of the joint effort of Alisports and ABF, the China Open and the ABF Tour - China will be held in September in the same 24-lanes centre, Hao's Bowling in Shanghai where the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will also be held there.