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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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MLS Crew Ink Jersey Deal With Barbasol

The MLS Crew and Perio have reached a five-year deal making the Barbasol brand the club's new jersey sponsor, effective this season. Financial terms were not disclosed. All Crew jerseys -- game, retail and youth -- along with the team's practice jerseys, will be emblazoned with the Barbasol mark. T ...

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02/16/12
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Castrol today will announce a three-year partnership renewal with SUM that will see the company's GTX High Mileage brand remain the official motor oil of MLS, the U.S. men’s national soccer team and the Mexican men’s national soccer team for games played in the U.S. Financial terms of th ...

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02/16/12
Samsung Reviewing Options As IOC Sponsor

Samsung's current TOP sponsorship deal with the IOC expires in ‘16, and the company is "‘reviewing’ its options but suggested it would be involved in some form in 2018,” according to Avril Ormsby of REUTERS. The ’18 Winter Games will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, ...

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02/16/12
Changing Sponsors Hurt NASCAR Fan Recognition

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02/16/12
Marketplace Roundup

AD WEEK’s Anthony Crupi noted CBS President & CEO Les Moonves yesterday “made a bold prediction about the broadcaster’s Super Bowl prospects, telling investors that his sales team will set an all-time unit cost record in 2013.” Moonves said he anticipates landing “a ...

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