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Labour Party Floats Levy On EPL TV Rights To Support Grassroots Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 14

Britain's Labour Party has accused Premier League clubs of "not contributing enough to grassroots football and suggested that they may be compelled to pay a levy on revenue from television rights," according to Pickard & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman "is a...

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ATP Chief To Step Down With Illness

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Australia

Seven Gives V8 Supercars 'Major Haircut'

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Clark Wants Review Of Cricket NSW

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Aussie Open Targeted To Chinese Fans

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Channel 7 Signs Horse Racing Rights Deal

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Adidas Unveils New Tennis Apparel Line

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