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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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04/15/14
North American City To Replace Rio Race

Electric racing series Formula E is in talks with two North American cities to replace Rio de Janeiro on the calendar of its inaugural season. However, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag could not reveal the specific cities. Agag said, “We are in touch with two cities for a replacement, actually bo ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Europe, Brazil, North America

04/11/14
IOC Tightens Control Over Rio 2016 Prep

IOC President Thomas Bach said that the organization announced a series of measures including a stronger presence in Rio de Janeiro "to monitor progress and speed up lagging preparations for the 2016 Olympics ," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Bach said, "We had the meeting (on Thursday) ...

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04/10/14
Bach Promises Action On Rio Delays

The IOC said Wednesday that it was "premature" to speculate about taking the 2016 Rio Olympics away from Brazil following demands from sports federations for a "Plan B" due to "chronic delays" in preparation, according Stephen Wilson of the AP. Bach and other Olympic officials said that the construc ...

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04/09/14
Brazil Airport Renovations Lagging

Work on "crucial" new airport terminals in Brazil ahead of this summer's World Cup "has fallen behind" in most of the dozen Brazilian host cities, "heightening the risk of overcrowding and confusion during the tournament," according to Haynes & Boadle of REUTERS. A temporary canvas terminal will ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

04/09/14
Olympic Chief: Brazil Gov't Must Act

Association of Summer Olympic Int'l Federations President Francesco Ricci Bitti "has called for urgent action to resolve the critical delays facing the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and accused the Brazilian government of failing to support the project," according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. Bitti s ...

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04/08/14
Many Former Players To Call World Cup

During this summer's World Cup in Brazil, "media companies will also be playing their World Cup, so they are arming their teams the same way as the participating nations," according to COLPRENSA. Former Colombian footballer Carlos Valderrama, who will work for ESPN during the event, said, "We will a ...

Tags: Media, Brazil

04/08/14
IOC Turns Attention To Rio

IOC leaders are gathering in Turkey this week "amid growing alarm over Brazil's troubled preparations" for the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. As the exec board meets in the Mediterranean resort of Belek to review a wide range of issues -- "none more urgent than the chronic ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia, Brazil

04/07/14
Official: Problems Ignored At Cup Site

A top labor official Thursday said that safety problems at the stadium hosting the World Cup opener in Brazil "were being ignored so work could finish in time for the tournament," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. Sao Paulo Labor Ministry Superintendent Luiz Antonio Medeiros told the Folha de S. ...

Tags: Facilities, Brazil

04/04/14
BBC's World Cup Team To Exceed 250

The BBC will send 272 people to the World Cup in Brazil this summer, "although that is 23 fewer than in South Africa" in '10, according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. BBC Sport Dir Barbara Slater said her “aspiration” was to make Brazil 2014 “the first 24/7 World Cup." Wri ...

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04/04/14
Valcke: 'We Are Not Ready' For World Cup

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has again raised concerns over Brazil's World Cup preparations, saying "we are not ready" and that the stadium for the opening game is one of two venues that worry him most, according to the AP. Valcke said that the stadiums in Sao Paulo, where the opening g ...

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