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Words To Live By: Quotes Of The Year, Part One

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 22 / 14

No matter how the criminals may justify their actions, there is no justification for crimes committed against civilians, especially against women and children. -- Russian President Vladimir Putin , after suicide bombers killed more than 30 people in Volgograd. I am the master of my socia...

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Popularity Not Everything For Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini believes that "he has made himself unpopular in some football circles" by trying to clean up the sport, according to the AP. Platini, who is weighing up whether he has the support to seek the FIFA presidency in '15, said Friday that penalizing clubs for racism, match-fi ...

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12/24/13
UEFA Sanctions Multiple Clubs

UEFA "punished a handful of clubs for failing to meet payments and threatened to exclude them from continental competitions," according to the AFP. Metalurg Donetsk of Ukraine, Petrolul Ploiesti of Romania and Skonto Riga of Latvia were all told that they would be "excluded from participating in the ...

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12/24/13
UEFA Social Media Reach Expands

UEFA's reach across all social media platforms surged through the 37-million mark in '13, with the official UEFA Champions League Facebook page passing 16 million fans recently. Launched in January '11, the page has grown by more than 10 million fans since this time last year. The UEFA Eur ...

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12/20/13
Sport1 Secures Olympic Hockey Rights

German sports network Sport1 "has secured live broadcast rights for the Olympic hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games," according to DIGITALFERNSEHEN. Sport1 "has reached an agreement with SportA, which is the sports rights agency of German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, for the sublice ...

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12/20/13
Darts Worlds With Above Average Ratings

German sports network Sport1 "recorded above average ratings for its broadcast of the PDC Darts World Championship on Wednesday night," according to Manuel Weis of QUOTENMETER. A total of 290,000 viewers tuned in to watch Sport1's "Darts Live" program starting at 9:45pm German time. The number equal ...

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12/19/13
Club World Cup Draws High Ratings On ARD

German public broadcaster ARD "recorded top ratings with its broadcast of the FIFA Club World Cup match between Bayern Munich and Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday night," according to Sidney Schering of QUOTENMETER. The game, which started at 8:30pm German time, attracted 6.55 million viewers. The nu ...

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12/19/13
FIFA Invests $200M In Developments

FIFA announced Wednesday that it investmented $200M in development work during '13. South Sudan, FIFA’s newest member association, became the latest beneficiary of FIFA development projects with courses for referees and coaches taking place in Juba in the past two months. Forty-six new Goal pr ...

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12/18/13
Portuguese, Polish Investors Eye Gdansk

The majority shareholder of Polish Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdansk "is planning to sell its stake in the Polish football club," according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Wroclawskie Centrum Finansowe, controlled by Andrzej Kuchar and his wife, Ewa Andreasik-Kuchar, who is the for ...

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12/18/13
German Leagues Score Record Revenue

The Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), the German Hockey League (DEL), the Handball Bundesliga (HBL) and football's 3rd League generated a combined revenue of €384M ($528M) during the '12-13 fiscal year. The sixth "Finanzreport deutscher Profisportligen" (Financial Report of German Professional Sport ...

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12/18/13
PSG Strives To Be Global Brand

Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain CEO Jean-Claude Blanc "has stated the club's ambition to establish themselves in 'the top 10 of brands' in world sport" and rival the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and ManU, according to ESPN. Blanc told Les Echos that the French champions "are not finished yet." He said, ...

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