Quote of the Day

"It's a bit like what you'd expect down at the local suburban tennis club where it's run by tennis enthusiasts who played on those courts when they were kids. That's fine, but football is far bigger than just a social activity -- it's not only a business but it has big geopolitical consequences."
-- A-League Wellington Phoenix co-Owner Gareth Morgan, calling for an overhaul of New Zealand's professional football. (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 11/25)
Monday November 25, 2013 Vol. 2 — No. 118 Print This Issue

Top Stories

  • EC To Investigate PPV

    The European Commission is poised to launch a formal antitrust probe into sales of pay-TV rights to screen premium sports and Hollywood blockbusters, "in a groundbreaking move that builds on a test case brought by a British pub landlady," according to Barker & Thomas of the FINANCIAL TIMES. People familiar with the case said that a formal European Commission investigation "could smash open the country-by-country licensing that has dominated the sales of exclusive pay-TV content such as live football and newly-released movies."

  • Moving On

    LG ends five-year sponsorship deal with Formula One.

  • All Cleared Up

    McIlroy settles "legal dispute" with former sponsor Oakley.

  • Taxpayers' Dime

    U.K. taxpayers will pay $300M toward Olympic Stadium conversion.

  • Free Market

    Pay-TV groups want government to open up bidding process for sports rights.

  • Expensive Taste

    Players on World Cup rosters valued at $8.7B, report claims.

  • Taking Action

    Brazilian players threaten to strike if league doesn't change schedule.

  • Girl Stuff

    U.K. clubs kickoff $3.9M program to get more girls, women in football.

  • Angling For A Deal

    Source: Shenhua owner's threat to move club just "political manoeuvring."

  • Joining The Club

    Leeds Carnegie to join British Basketball League for '14-15 season.

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