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  • Real Madrid La Liga's Most Expensive Team To Support, Lending Platform Lendico Finds

    A study by peer-to-peer lending platform Lendico found that it "costs more per year to be a fan of Real Madrid than any other La Liga club," according to the EFE. The "cheapest team to support is Eibar." The study found that Real fans spend an average of €3,464 ($4,553) per year, while the annual cost for Eibar fans is €2,644 ($3,475). The "average Spanish football fan of a La Liga club" spends approximately €3,000 ($3,943) annually. In addition to the cost of season tickets, "the variables taken into account include transportation to games, stadium refreshments, team merchandise and pay-TV subscription fees." Real Madrid is followed on the list by Valencia €3,209 ($4,218), Athletic Bilbao €3,104 ($4,080), Atlético €3,089 ($4,060) and Barcelona €3,064 ($4,027) (EFE, 9/3).

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  • Franchise Notes: Manager Of Fernando Alonso's Cycling Team Says It Is On Track

    Luis García-Abad, the manager of Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso's cycling team, said that the team is "completing every step with caution" to comply with the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI). Alonso's objective is to "have the team compete in the World Tour." García-Abad said, "Last week we paid what we owed and we are meeting step by step what the UCI has requested. Everything is on the right track." He also "denied signing any cyclists to contracts," something he reminded is "illegal" at this point (AS, 9/3). ... Volleyball Men's Bundesliga club Berlin Recycling Volleys has entered into a cooperation with Women's 2nd Bundesliga side NawaRo Straubing starting with the '14-15 season. The main focus of the cooperation will be exchanging ideas (Berlin Recycling Volleys). ... La Liga side Getafe player Pedro León "remains unsigned to compete in La Liga this season." The "new salary cap is the cause of the problem." Getafe has "been prevented from completing the signing" by the Spanish Football League (LFP) (EL MUNDO, 9/3).

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