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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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06/19/14
World Cup Fans Camp By Beach

Hundreds of cost-conscious football fans have found a cheaper way to attend the World Cup in one of Brazil's most expensive cities -- "camping by Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach," according to Walter Brandimarte of REUTERS. Most of them drove thousands of miles from other South American countries ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/19/14
332 Illegal Links Detected During WC Opener

For the opening World Cup game on June 12, Brazil vs Croatia, 332 illegal streaming links, out of which 220 were unique streams, "were detected," according to Colin Mann of ADVANCED TELEVISION. On the piracy front, despite high availability of FTA channels, "many illegal streaming links have concurr ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/18/14
FIFA: Empty Seats Due To No-Shows

FIFA said that the empty seats visible at some stadiums in the World Cup's opening 14 matches "are due to fans who have bought tickets but have not turned up for the games rather than corporate clients not using them," according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. FIFA's official figures show that 701,710 o ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/18/14
Müller Criticized For Head-Butt Reaction

Portugal defender Pepe faces a three-match ban for head-butting German striker Thomas Müller, but Müller "has also come under fire over his theatrical reaction," according to the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Real Madrid’s Pepe, "not amused by what he felt was a case of cheesy acting," ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/17/14
FIFA Changes Goal-Line Decision Replays

FIFA "will change the guidelines on showing goalline technology replays at the World Cup to avoid the confusion which followed an incident in the match between France and Honduras," according to the PA. The replays on TV and in the stadium in Porto Alegre provided by the GoalControl system initially ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/17/14
World Cup Sees Spotty Attendance

The World Cup is "becoming known for its empty seats rather than teeming crowds," according to Tom Peck of the London INDEPENDENT. FIFA and local World Cup organizers on Saturday night were "under growing pressure to explain why almost all the early matches -- bar the opener between Brazil and Croat ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/16/14
FIFA Investigating French Drone Claim

France Manager Didier Deschamps "expressed concern" Saturday night that France was "being spied on after a drone flew over their training camp this week," according to James Ducker of the SUNDAY TIMES. FIFA has "launched an investigation into the incident, which caused bemusement among France's play ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/16/14
ITV Studio Attacked By Protesters

During a "turbulent opening day" on and off the pitch in Brazil, anti-World Cup protesters "turned their attention to the ITV studio on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, pelting it with rocks," according to Stuart Goodwin of the London GUARDIAN. ITV World Cup presenter Adrian Chiles "was in the st ...

Tags: Media, Brazil

06/13/14
Brazil Strikes Averted; Protesters Gassed

Subway workers in São Paulo "backed down from a threatened strike" on the opening day of the FIFA World Cup, "removing a cloud from global event whose preparations have been plagued by delays and protests," according to Magalhães & Jelmayer of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Union members ...

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06/13/14
Hangin' With... World Cup Edition

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