Quote of the Day

"There is no investment with a greater medium- and long-term benefit than the Olympic Games."
-- Spanish Olympic Committee President Alejandro Blanco, on why Spain's Olympic bid is viable despite the country's struggling economy. (REUTERS, 1/8)
Wednesday January 9, 2013 Vol. 1 — No. 146 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • FIFA Takes Aim At Agents

    ManU's Robin van Persie was one of the top names in the global transfer market.

    FIFA said that "agents and other intermediaries received an average commission rate" of 28% on the 11,555 cross-border player transfers that took place last year, according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. FIFA "didn’t disclose how much money changed hands in the global transfer market" in a year when top players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robin van Persie, Eden Hazard and Hulk changed clubs. Figures released last year by UEFA showed more than €3B ($3.9B) "is spent annually on player trading."

  • Drive Time

    Audi signs four-year deal to become the official vehicle of IOC.

  • Checking Out

    Rory McIlroy drops Jumeirah as sponsor to clear way for Nike deal.

  • Eye On The Ball

    British Swimming officials say Daley distractions jeopardize medal chances.

  • I'll Be Back

    Ex-FC Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola says he'll be back on sideline next season.

  • Gender Gap

    England's women footballers in row with FA over pay, benefits.

  • Next In Line

    Berlin offers up Olympic Stadium as site for next DEL Winter Game.

  • A Little Light

    Grand National meeting raises prize money but just misses £1M race.

  • No Deal

    Indian Davis Cup players turn down AITA offer, Korea match in jeopardy.

  • Let The Sun Shine

    Borussia Dortmund keeps field in top condition with "artificial sun."

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