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Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 26 / 14

The Greek Super League elected Asteras Tripolis President GIORGOS BOROVILOS as president on Monday "after he secured 13 votes out of the 16 teams in the league," with Panthrakikos President DIMITRIS TZELEPIS elected as his deputy ( REUTERS, 11/25 ). ... The NBA announced that JAN MENNEKEN h...

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05/14/13
Caixa Agrees To Deal With Coritiba

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05/13/13
Maracanã Privatization Suspended

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05/13/13
Rio Mayor Seeks Stadium Responsibility

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05/10/13
IOC: Rio Stadium Needs Name Change

IOC presidential candidate Thomas Bach said on Thursday that the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro "might not be named after the once-powerful former FIFA president by the time of the 2016 Games," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Rio politicians presented a bill on Wednesday ...

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05/09/13
FIFA 'Concerned' Over Stadium Delay

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Brazil Considers Transfer Rights Ban

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Sao Paulo Stadium To Miss FIFA Deadline

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Brazil Promises Fast Internet Connections

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