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Lachlan Murdoch, Bruce Gordon Launch Joint Takeover Bid For Network Ten

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 06 / 17

Billionaire media moguls Lachlan Murdoch and Bruce Gordon are "launching a joint takeover bid for Network Ten," according to David Chau of the ABC. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission confirmed that it "commenced a review of this proposed acquisition." If the deal proceeds, it would...

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Australia

New AFL A Giant Leap For Women's Sport

An Australian Football League's women’s talent camp in Sydney "attracted talent from such diverse sports as roller derby and frisbee, but rival codes have scoffed at suggestions of a player drain from other sports," according to Amanda Lulham of the HERALD SUN. Netball Australia CEO Kate Palme ...

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ACT Brumbies To Launch TV Show

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AFL Urged To Introduce Rooney Rule

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Australia

Hackers Try To Impact FIFA Election

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FFA Gives Fans Right To Appeal Bans

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AOC Targets Tests To Weed Out Cheats

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Eels Promise To Fight Points Deduction

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