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TalkTalk Pledges To Pass On Price Cuts To Customers In BT's Broadband

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 19 / 14

TalkTalk "has pledged to cut the price of fibre broadband for customers should regulatory proposals over access to BT’s network force the former telecoms incumbent to lower the wholesale cost," according to Daniel Thomas of the FINANCIAL TIMES. TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding said that "prices for f...

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03/27/14
Sao Paulo Stadium Remains Unfinished

At the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo, which will host the World Cup's opening game on June 12, "giant yellow-colored steel girders prop up the roof, thousands of seats remain to be installed, the video screens have yet to be mounted and the dressing rooms lack any trace of furniture," according to ...

Tags: Facilities, Brazil

03/26/14
Porto Alegre Warns Of World Cup Funding

The mayor of the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre "has warned the city may drop out of the World Cup unless it makes a crucial decision this week on financing for temporary structures at the Beira Rio stadium," according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. Mayor Jose Fortunati "encouraged the city council to ...

Tags: Facilities, Brazil

03/26/14
Brazil Still Using Sex To Sell Football

One month after officials condemned adidas for selling T-shirts that "linked Brazil's image to sexual appeal," the practice of using sex to sell football "continues unabashed at the home of the 2014 World Cup," according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. Not only do football federations "host their own b ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Brazil

03/25/14
Fewer Than Half Of Brazilians Favor WC

Eighty days before the World Cup in Brazil, a survey found that "fewer than half of the host country’s citizens are positive about the monthlong event," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Twenty-four percent of people interviewed by Sao Paulo-based Datafolha said the tournament would be &l ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Brazil

03/24/14
Rio Games Face 'Crucial' Budget Meeting

An inspection group from the IOC told organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games that "the time for talking is over and that crucial decisions need to be made," according to Panja & Duff of BLOOMBERG. In January, Brazilian authorities said that they "would be spending" at least 5.6B reais ($2.4 ...

Tags: Olympics, Brazil

03/24/14
FIFA Apologizes To Brazil For 'Advice'

FIFA performed an "embarrassing U-turn on Saturday and apologized, saying it had withdrawn publicity material for the World Cup in Brazil that poked fun at local customs," according to the AFP. FIFA removed material which "depicted Brazilians as unpunctual, impatient and even chaotic." Having "regul ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Brazil

03/24/14
FIFA: Impasse Resolved Over Stadium

FIFA said on Friday that a financial impasse that has threatened to cause more delays at Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium "has been resolved," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Itaquerao stadium, "being built by the Corinthians club, is due to open on April 15, nearly four months after the De ...

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03/24/14
Brazil To Declare No-Fly Zone

The Brazilian Air Force will declare no-fly zones over World Cup stadiums to prevent terrorist attacks during this year's tournament, "but there's a catch: it can't shoot down intruders, for now," according to Anthony Boadle of REUTERS. By law, Brazil's military "can only shoot at unresponsive civi ...

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03/21/14
Sao Paulo Warned To Conserve Water

The World Water Council is warning Sao Paulo "to take emergency measures to conserve water as the region reels from a record drought or risk supply shortages during the World Cup," according to Christiana Sciaudone of BLOOMBERG. Benedito Braga, president of Sabesp, Brazil’s largest water util ...

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03/21/14
Brazil Reveals Olympic Football Stadiums

The five football stadiums in Salvador, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will "host football games during the 2016 Rio Olympics," according to AS. Brazil's LOC announced the news at the "IOC's Coordinating Committee meeting, which is being held in Rio through Friday." Each of t ...

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