Quote of the Day

"If I were ever CEO of a national athletics federation or even Olympic Association, Neil Black is the first guy I would call and try to hire."
-- Retiring U.K. Athletics Head Coach Charles Van Commenee, on the team's new performance director. (LONDON TIMES, 9/13)
Friday September 14, 2012 Vol. 1 — No. 68 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • Changing The Field

    The Heineken Cup could be threatened by BT's new TV rights deal.

    BT Vision, which signed a deal to broadcast Premiership rugby this week, saw its stock surge "to the highest price in four years" after int'l financial group Credit Suisse said that BT will benefit from "accelerating broadband demand," according to Jonathan Browning of BLOOMBERG. BT is adding sports rights to "expand its TV business and sell more broadband connections." The company accelerated its fiber broadband service by one year to fend off faster Internet offers from competitors such as Virgin Media and Sky Broadcasting. BT will pay £152M ($245M) to show major English Rugby matches, taking away the broadcasting rights from BSkyB and ESPN.

  • Changing The Guard

    Nike is replacing Mizuno as the IOC's official clothing supplier.

  • In The Can

    Basketball Bundesliga club Alba Berlin signs shirt deal with TinTag.

  • Riding In Style

    Australian Rugby Union extends sponsorship deal with Lexus through '14.

  • Offers Come In Light

    UEFA, FIFA unhappy with "modest" rights offers from Spanish broadcasters.

  • Feeling Rejected

    Debt-ridden Deccan Chargers reject only bid from willing suitor.

  • Clean Bill Of Health

    SPL club Celtic cleared after probe of questioned payments to players.

  • F1 Icon Dies

    Sid Watkins, F1 doctor, champion of safety issues, dies at 84.

  • Hitting The Breaks

    Aussie government stalls vote over bill regulating live sports broadcasts.

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