Quote of the Day

"Why force one or two host countries to build 10 new stadiums and airports? Here, there would be one stadium per country, per city, throughout Europe, it would be a lot simpler and less expensive."
-- UEFA President Michel Platini, on his proposal that the Euro 2020 tournament be played at venues all over Europe. (AFP, 6/30)
Monday July 2, 2012 Vol. 1 — No. 16 Print This Issue

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  • Vodafone Studies Sponsorships

    Vodafone is "reviewing its global sports and events sponsorships," including its longstanding association with F1 teams, according to Daniel Thomas of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The title sponsorship of the McLaren F1 team is "the only major global sporting right" held by Vodafone. The telecoms company is "one of the most high profile brands at the races since the forced departure of tobacco companies." The review will "probably raise questions about its continued involvement." Vodafone renewed its sponsorship deal with McLaren in '10, but this expires at the end of the '13 racing season. One person familiar with the process said Vodafone’s sponsorship cost “tens of millions of pounds” every year.

  • Opel Drives Back Into Sports

    Automaker Opel will sponsor four Bundesliga teams after a decade-long hiatus from sports.

  • Roof Row Developing

    Wimbledon's roof rulings have some complaining that night matches are destined for the schedule.

  • Spreading The Euro '20 Wealth

    UEFA chief Platini proposes that Euro 2020 be hosted by cities all over Europe.

  • Teams Want Slice Of TV Pie

    Tour de France teams clamor for a cut of TV money, more say-so in circuit ops.

  • TV Payout Down In France

    France's Ligue 1 rights sell for $770M over four years, $77M less than current deal.

  • Chicago Firm Backs India League

    Chicago investment bankers throw in with American football league in India.

  • Cycling Rules Sponsor Roost

    Four of the top 10 most recognized sponsors in France come out of cycling, survey finds.

  • China's Foreign Legion

    China football scores another foreign star as Frederic Kanoute signs with Beijing Guoan.

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