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Nico Rosberg 'Shocks' Motorsports World, Retires From F1 Following Maiden Title

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 05 / 16

Newly crowned F1 champion Nico Rosberg has decided to retire from the sport, leaving his Mercedes team scrambling to find a replacement. Rosberg shocked the motorsports world on Friday when he made the announcement, less than a week after securing his maiden F1 title. The son of '82 world champion K...

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Bundesliga Shows Humor In Mini-Series

As Germany's Bundesliga continues to increase its global reach it is not afraid to poke a little fun at itself. Ahead of the start of its 53rd season on Friday, the German Football League (DFL) released a mini-series called "The Bundesliga Promo Team." The series shows a fictional N.Y.-based ad agen ...

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UEFA Super Cup Attracts Over 3.5M

German public broadcaster ZDF "recorded more than 3.5 million viewers for its broadcast of the UEFA Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla," according to Manuel Nunez Sanchez of QUOTENMETER. Tuesday's game, which started at 8:45pm, attracted an average of 3.64 million viewers. The number translated ...

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Game Postponed Due To Pitch Conditions

Brentford has postponed next Tuesday's League Championship clash with Birmingham City "in order to relay the Griffin Park pitch," according to Matt Maltby of the London DAILY MAIL. The decision "was made after the condition of the surface attracted criticism" following Brentford's 2-2 draw against I ...

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Globalization Not Only Beneficial To Bayern

German Football League (DFL) CEO Christian Seifert said that the issue of internationalization "has arrived in the Bundesliga," according to Holger Rehm of SPONSORs. However, he said the notion that Bayern Munich profits the most from it "is wrong." Seifert: "The foreign markets don't only want to s ...

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Serie A Side Torino Partners With Suzuki

Serie A side Torino named Suzuki as its new main sponsor, according to SOCCEREX. Suzuki previously served as the club’s second sponsor, "but the new deal will see the Japanese motor corporation’s logo replace Beretta on the front of Torino’s match shirts, having previously occupied ...

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Ligue 1 Row Continues

All but two of the Ligue 1 football sides quit the Union of Professional Clubs (UCPF) on Tuesday due to the row over the Ligue 1 relegation and promotion places, according to Ian Holyman of ESPN. The clubs said that they were "unhappy that the French Football League (LFP)'s decision to reduce the nu ...

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Football Creates Added Value Of €7.9B

The "economic importance of professional football in Germany has dramatically increased over the past several years," according to the DPA. In '14, professional football created an added value of €7.9B, which represents an increase of 55% in comparison to '08. Football, which "creates more than ...

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Fox Set To Kick Off Bundesliga Coverage

When defending champion Bayern Munich takes on Hamburg to kick off the ’15-16 Bundesliga season this Friday, it will also mark the beginning of Fox Sports as the new U.S. home for Germany’s top professional football league. Fox Sports will live broadcast all 306 Bundesliga matches across ...

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Renault Says Red Bull Not 'Works Team'

The "rocky state of relations between Red Bull and its engine provider has been one of the headlines," and the situation "doesn't appear to be improving heading into the second half of the year," according to Andrew Lewin of F1i.com. Reliability issues with the new power unit "have been foremost amo ...

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More Than 500K Watch DFB-Pokal On Sky

German pay-TV channel Sky recorded more than half a million viewers to its broadcast of the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) games on Saturday, according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The games attracted an average of 530,000 viewers starting at 3:30pm. The coverage obtained a market share of 7.1% in the target ...

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