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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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08/21/13
Brazil Concerned About Hotel Price Hikes

The Brazilian government "is concerned" that some hotels listed on FIFA's website for the 2014 World Cup "plan steep price hikes during the tournament and is reportedly considering investigating the FIFA-appointed agency in charge of accommodation," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. Brazil's tour ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

08/21/13
MotoGP To Make Return To Brazil

Dorna Sports on Tuesday announced that MotoGP "will return to Brazil for the first time in a decade next year subject to an upgrade to the Nelson Piquet track in Brasilia," according to Nick Mulvenney of REUTERS. Grand Prix motorcycling "last took place in the country" in Rio de Janeiro in '04 and i ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Brazil

08/21/13
Rio Cleans Up Before World Cup, Olympics

Rio de Janeiro's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics "have so far mostly focused on efforts to sweep crime off the streets," but now the city "has opened up a new front in its clean-up campaign: a draconian clampdown on litterbugs," according to Jonathan Watts of the London GUARDIA ...

Tags: Olympics, Brazil

08/16/13
World Cup Hotel Prices To Average $460

Brazilian officials said that a Rio hotel will cost on average $460 during next year's World Cup, double the price in Johannesburg and 50% more than in Berlin, "which hosted finals at the last two previous tournaments," according to the AFP. According to a report by the state tourism agency Embratur ...

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08/16/13
Estadão: Brazil Team Diverted Funds

Part of the money paid to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) by "worldwide national teams to play against Brazil in friendlies was deposited in U.S. bank accounts registered to Barcelona President Sandro Rosell," according to Fernando Kallás of AS. The accusation "comes from Brazilian ...

Tags: Brazil, Finance

08/15/13
Brazil Stadiums May Miss FIFA Deadline

Concerns over Brazil's readiness to host next summer's World Cup "have been upgraded after the country's sports minister admitted he was worried about delays to the construction of new stadiums," according to Simon Rice of the London INDEPENDENT. Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo warned that the venues "w ...

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08/15/13
Rio '16 Exec Quits Ahead Of IOC Visit

Olympic Public Authority President (APO) Marcio Fortes, one of "the most senior figures involved" in planning the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics, resigned, "adding to uncertainty over the city's ability to deliver on promises made during its bid," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Fortes, ...

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08/14/13
CBF May Lose Half Of 2012 Profit

A "person familiar with the matter" said that Brazil's football federation may lose half its '12 profit following the collapse of a bank that had been at the center of a government graft scandal, according to Panja & Marcelino of BLOOMBERG. The person, who asked not to be identified because ...

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08/06/13
FIFA Focuses On Stadiums

With the World Cup less than a year away, FIFA is "pledging to increase its monitoring of stadium construction in Brazil," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. FIFA wants "all 12 stadiums ready for the June 2014 kickoff" of football's showcase event. There were "several stadium delays for the Confed ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

08/05/13
Rio 2016 May Need $700M In Government Funds

Olympic organizers said that they may have to use $700M in government money "to meet the operating budget for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games," according to the AP.  LOC COO Leo Gryner said that as conditions now stand "we need this $700 million." The original budget estimate of $2.8B " ...

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