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National Rugby League Side Gold Coast Titans Fined $263,000 For Salary Cap Breach

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

National Rugby League side Gold Coast has been fined A$300,000 ($263,000) "and hit with a suspended penalty of four competition points over a salary cap breach in regard to former playmaker Scott Prince," according to the AAP. Prince left the Titans at the end of '12 and the penalty "was issued aft...

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06/27/14
Two Ghana Players Sent Home From WC

The Ghana FA announced that Ghana midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng "have been suspended indefinitely from the national team and sent home from the World Cup in Brazil for disciplinary reasons," according to the London TELEGRAPH. The association claimed the decision to suspend Munt ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/26/14
FIFA Launches Investigation Into Suárez

Uruguay striker Luis Suárez "faces being sent home from the World Cup in disgrace" after FIFA charged the Liverpool striker with biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, according to Bonnici, Cue, Barrett & Hawkey of the LONDON TIMES. Suárez could receive a ban of up to 24 int'l mat ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/26/14
Ghana Players To Receive $3M In Cash

Ghana has sent a plane carrying $3M in cash to Brazil to "pay the World Cup appearance fees" owed to the national team, according to Ekow Dontoh of BLOOMBERG. Ghana Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yammin said, "The players insisted that they will want physical cash." Ghana President John Dramani Maham ...

Tags: International Football, Africa, Brazil

06/25/14
Adidas: World Cup Push Sales To $2.7B

German sportswear firm Adidas expects to meet its target for 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) of soccer sales this year as the World Cup fires demand for its shirts, boots and balls, it said on Tuesday. "I can confirm that we will reach the 2 billion euros for the first time in the history of our ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/20/14
Global Press Reacts To Spain's Loss

The global press "said good-bye" to the Spanish national team following its 2-0 loss to Chile on Wednesday, according to Jesús Balseiro of AS. The loss, which means defending World Cup champ Spain will not advance beyond the group stage, led to newspapers throughout the world weighing in on t ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil, Europe

06/20/14
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Mediaset España announced that Spain's World Cup loss against Chile on Wednesday drew more than 13.2 million viewers, which translated to a market share of 67.6%, according to the EP. La Roja's 2-0 loss -- which means the defending World Cup champion will not advance beyond the group stage -- ...

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06/20/14
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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Brazil

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Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/19/14
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Tuesday's goal-less draw between Brazil and Mexico "proved a global ratings winner," according to the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. In Brazil, ratings agency Ibope said that local networks Global and Band, which both broadcast the match, "scored a 34 and 8 share, respectively, in the greater Sao Paulo area." ...

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