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The SBD Global staff compiled the top sports business stories for '13 by region to be published in the final four Global editions of the year. Here are the top stories from South America.
PROTESTS OVERSHADOW CONFED CUP: Social unrest stole many of the headlines from the on-field action during June’s Confederations Cup in Brazil, which will host the 2014 World Cup. More than 1.5 million Brazilians protested during the two-week tournament over public spending and the rising cost of public transportation. Many Brazilians expressed frustration with the combined $15B spent to host both the Confederations Cup and the World Cup.
NEYMAR JOINS BARCELONA: Brazilian star Neymar left Brasileiro Serie A side Santos for Barcelona in May, with the 21-year-old signing with the La Liga power for a reported €57M. Brazil’s Pluri Consulting estimated in June that the move increased Neymar’s market value from €55M to €67.4M. Neymar, who is considered one of the most valuable football players in the world, has a wide range of sponsors including Nike, Panasonic, Mentos candy, Red Bull and Volkswagen, among others.
WORLD CUP CONSTRUCTION: One of the most widely-criticized aspects of Brazil’s preparation for the World Cup has been the progress on the construction of the 12 stadiums that will host matches. Three of the venues -- in Cuiaba, Curitiba and Sao Paulo -- were expected to miss FIFA’s Dec. 31 deadline, with a Nov. 27 accident at Sao Paulo’s Corinthians stadium that killed two people complicating the issue. In addition to the stadium concerns, many have voiced fears regarding whether Brazilian hotels and airports will be prepared in time for the event.
GOAL-LINE TECH TO DEBUT AT WORLD CUP: FIFA confirmed in February that goal-line technology will be used at the World Cup to support match officials. FIFA later announced its selection of Germany company GoalControl as the official 2014 World Cup provider following the company’s trial during the Confederations Cup.
VIOLENCE MARS ARGENTINE FOOTBALL: Violent clashes between supporters of rival football clubs throughout South America, particularly in Argentina, have remained a major issue at the highest level of the sport. According to anti-violence organization “Salvemos Al Fútbol,” at least seven people were killed in Argentina alone this year, following 12 football-related fatalities in ’12 and a total of 182 in the last 40 years.
SBD Global's year in review takes a look at some hits and misses from the past year.
HIT: In April, Chelsea teamed with adidas to launch a new campaign promoting the club’s new kit. The "It’s Blue, What Else Matters" campaign featured Chelsea players being doused in blue paint in a 90-second YouTube video distributed on Facebook and Twitter.
MISS: Fellow EPL side Hull City suffered fan backlash when Owner Assem Allam announced he would re-brand the club as the Hull Tigers to “appeal to a wider international audience.” The decision did not go over well with supporters, who campaigned to protect the club’s heritage and tradition.
HIT: Goal-line technology was approved for the Premier League last summer and was hailed as one of the most important developments in the 150 years since football rules were laid down. The Hawk-Eye system debuted at the Community Shield match between ManU and Wigan in August and was viewed as a success.
MISS: The London Times admitted that it was "duped" into publishing a hoax exclusive in March about plans for a Qatar-based Dream Football League. The report from Times reporter Oliver Kay cited high-level sources who claimed the world’s top football clubs would play a 24-team tournament with clubs getting up to $240M per two-year cycle. The information from sources turned out to be a hoax. London Times Football Editor Tony Evans admitted that the paper had "missed warning signs about the story in the rush to publication."
HIT: The NFL played two regular-season games in London this year for the first time. The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 29 while the Jacksonville Jaguars played the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27 at Wembley Stadium. Both games drew sell-out crowds.
MISS: The NBA’s attempt to play a regular-season game in Mexico City on Dec. 6 was unsuccessful as smoke from a malfunctioning generator filled the arena, canceling the game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves. A sell-out crowd had been expected.
A list of notable deaths from 2013.
Andhra Cricket Association Honorary Treasurer and Vizianagaram District Cricket Association Organizing Secretary P. Appala Raju (Jan 1).
British cricket journalist Christopher Martin-Jenkins (Jan. 1).
Former Handball Federation of India Senior VP Md Yasin Ustad (Jan. 16).
Serie A club U.C. Sampdoria President Riccardo Garrone (Jan. 21).
Former Brazilian national basketball team coach Ary Vidal (Jan. 28).
Belfast-based award-winning sports journalist Malcolm Brodie (Jan. 29).
BBC sports commentator David Oates (Feb. 3).
Former Chinese table tennis player Zhuang Zedong (Feb. 10).
Australia and New Zealand 2015 Cricket World Cup Organizing Committee Chair James Strong (March 3).
Former F1 team Minardi co-Founder Giancarlo Martini (March 26).
Former South African swimmer Karen Muir (April 1).
ATP Exec Chair & President Brad Drewett (May 3).
Spanish actor, TV host and announcer Constantino Romero (May 12).
Former British Bronze Medal runner Donna Hartley-Wass (June 7).
Horse trainer Henry Cecil (June 11).
FIBA Europe President Ólafur Rafnsson (June 19).
Danish driver Allan Simonsen (June 22).
Argentine sports journalist Enrique Escande (July 6).
Ecuadorean footballer Christian Benitez (July 29).
Int'l Tennis Federation Honorary Life VP Eiichi Kawatei (Aug. 3).
EPL Crystal Palace President Peter Morley (Sep. 14).
British racer Sean Edwards (Oct. 15).
Former La Liga Athletic Bilbao President Jesús María Duñabeitia (Nov. 27).
Former South African President Nelson Mandela (Dec. 5).
BBC Commentator David Coleman (Dec. 21)
We are not going to run out of cash. We have no bank debt.
-- Rangers Financial Dir Brian Stockbridge, declaring that the club was past its financial woes and on track with its long-term plan.
It's not the first time there has been a disagreement between the broadcasters.
-- National Rugby League Dir of Marketing & Commercial Paul Kind, on the legal row between Nine and Fox Sports over who has rights to the league's Sunday matches.
There is no doubt we will play in Qatar.
-- FIFA Dir of Communications & Public Affairs Walter De Gregorio, telling reporters that the only question to be answered on the 2022 World Cup was when, not where.
I am quite happy because BCCI needs somebody.
-- Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan, after India's Supreme Court ruled he could resume his duties overseeing the country's cricket board.
You could have paved this road with five million tons of gold or caviar and the price would have been the same.
-- Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, complaining about Olympics-related corruption, including a 18-mile stretch of highway in Sochi that cost $8.6B.
It's an extraordinary career. The greatest Indian ever to wield a cricket bat.
-- Indian politician and author Shashi Tharoor, on cricket player Sachin Tendulkar, who announced he was retiring next month.
I don’t believe that media-rights costs for top sporting events will stagnate, certainly not on a worldwide basis.
-- FIFA TV Division Dir Niclas Ericson, on whether recent high-priced deals are an indication that broadcasters are near the ceiling for what they'll offer on media rights.
I'd rather wake up to headlines reading 'Rosell won't let kids in' than ones saying 'Rosell was responsible for a kid's death.'
-- Barcelona President Sandro Rosell, on his decision to not allow an estimated 40,000 kids under 7 from entering Camp Nou without tickets.
The way this was going to work over time, I would say that for the amount of money we were talking about, it was the biggest no-brainer I've seen.
-- Former GM Global CMO Joel Ewanick, on the carmaker signing a sponsorship deal with ManU.
A margin of error of three centimeters, as FIFA allows, is not acceptable for us.
-- DFL Managing Dir Andreas Rettig, on why the German Football League will not implement goal-line technology, despite a "phantom goal" being scored in a game last weekend.
We don't do red at Tottenham.
-- EPL Tottenham Hotspur Chair Daniel Levy after exchanging jerseys with the NFL San Francisco 49ers in London.
We are involved in a historic protest.
-- French professional clubs union (UCPF) President Jean-Pierre Louvel on the planned strike over the country's 75% 'super tax.'
The Super Bowl won't be played anywhere where we don't have a franchise.
-- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, commenting on the possibility of the NFL title game being played in London.
I don't need a yacht, I'd rather swim.
-- Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, explaining that he doesn't really care that he isn't the highest paid F1 driver despite four consecutive world championships.
There is clearly a growing appetite for European football coverage in China.
-- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, after the league signed a broadcast deal with China's PPLive TV.
If you can persuade millions to watch golf, chess is going to be an easy sell.
-- Media entrepreneur Andrew Paulson, who is promoting chess as the next breakout sports competition.
It's getting to the pointy end of the deal and the steak knives always come out at this time.
-- AFL Collingwood President Eddie McGuire, on sponsorship talks with Emirates that apparently stalled over the club's increased asking price.
Today, football is not only a sport, but the shining players are countries' peace ambassadors [on] football fields.
-- Iranian President Hassaan Rouhani, making a pitch to FIFA's Sepp Blatter for Iran to be able to host the Asian Cup in '19.
This signals the end of peaceful co-existence in U.K. telecom and pay TV.
-- Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Claudia Aspesi, after BT Sport paid $1.4B to take Champions League rights away from rival Sky.
Sometimes you have to sup with the devil with a long spoon.
-- Former senior FIFA exec Jérôme Champagne, insisting that FIFA President Sepp Blatter is not corrupt but has had to make compromises because of the organization's structure.
We associate with IPL because we think cricket is like next to God in the country.
-- PepsiCo Chair and CEO Indra Nooyi, on the company maintaining its relationship with cricket despite the ongoing scandals.
He told me that he had never lied to me and I must say I had trouble believing you could forget payment of $40
-- CVC co-Founder Donald Mackenzie, after Bernie Ecclestone said he "forgot" about a $40M payment to a German banker.
Jerome Valcke and FIFA have no jurisdiction over South Africa. This is not a banana republic.
-- South Africa Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, lashing out at FIFA's plan to undertake its own investigation of alleged corruption in the SAFA.
I would say the U.S. is definitely an emerging market in football.
-- Liverpool CCO Billy Hogan, on the Premier League club's ambitions to grow into international markets.
They can die as soon as they want, as long as they leave the club for the majority who just want to watch good
-- EPL Hull City Owner Assem Allam on club supporters opposed to his proposal to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.
Money by itself doesn't achieve anything, it's what you do with it that really matters.
-- Rugby League Int'l Federation Chair Scott Carter, on the organization's plan to use some of its World Cup windfall to support grassroots rugby.
If you want to go somewhere when everybody else wants to go, you can expect to pay more. That's just economics 101. No one is going to repeal the laws of economics for this event.
-- Independent airline industry analyst Robert Mann, on the high cost of air fares in Brazil during the World Cup.
Young fellows get swelled heads, big eyes and take a lot of controlling.
-- Australian horse racing trainer Bart Cummings, on the reason for ending a four-month old training partnership with his grandson, James.
A look at some of the top tweets from '13.
NFL S.F. 49ers running back MARCUS LATTIMORE: "This sport cricket is interesting #LondonTv"
Author JAMES MONTAGUE: "Qatar's refusal to free footballer Zahir Belounis is disgraceful. If they can't sort that out, believe nothing they say on worker rights."
Daily Telegraph's HENRY WINTER: "Excitement of the World Cup draw on Dec 6 will quickly be followed by anger as fans realise how much they'll be charged for internal flights."
F1 driver LEWIS HAMILTON: "Congrats to @sachin_rt. He is a true sporting legend and achieved so much in his incredible career. #ThankYouSachin"
Sprinter USAIN BOLT: "Know I'm late but I wanna wish the great Sachin Tendulkar a happy retirement. Hands down 1 of the greatest sportsmen of all time @sachin_rt"
USAIN BOLT: "One of the greatest human beings ever..May your soul rest in peace..The worlds greatest fighter..."
Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "#Adidas and @FIFAcom extend partnership to 2030. Now that's what I call a long-term deal."
Financial Times' ROGER BLITZ: ''Collapse and fatalities at Sao Paulo world cup stadium come in the week prior to tournament draw"
Chelsea leftback ASHLEY COLE: "You changed the world. You may be gone but your words of wisdom will live on forever. #RIPMrNelsonMandela #Hero"
FIFA President SEPP BLATTER: "My respects to an extraordinary person, probably one of the greatest humanists of our time: Nelson Mandela."