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Martin Whitmarsh Will Return To Formula 1 To Help Circuit Reduce Costs

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 18 / 18

Former McLaren Formula 1 Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh is returning to F1 to "help find ways to reduce costs," according to Andrew Benson of the BBC. FIA said that Whitmarsh "had been invited in as a temporary consultant" to help define "regulations for fair and sustainable competition." ...

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Nicolas Anelka Buys Belgium Club Ath

In a "surprise move" former France int'l Nicolas Anelka "has bought Ath, a Belgian fourth division club on the brink of extinction," according to Samindra Kunti of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Anelka had spells at Paris St. Germain, Chelsea, Man City, Juventus, Real Madrid and Arsenal during his club care ...

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Tour De France Draws 1.4M On ARD

German public broadcaster ARD recorded 1.12 million viewers for its broadcast of the Tour de France on Saturday, according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The number translated into a market share of 10.5%. Sunday's 15th stage drew a 9.8% share as 1.39 million viewers tuned in. In the target demographic ...

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More Than 13M Attend Bundesliga Games

More than 13 million spectators flocked to the 18 Bundesliga stadiums during the '14-15 season, according to Holger Rehm of SPONSORs. The average attendance of Germany's top flight football league was 42,685, which translates into an occupancy rate of 90.85%. A total of 13,061,532 spectators attende ...

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Hamburg Wants World Championships

In order to grow its int'l reputation ahead of its 2024 Olympics bid, Hamburg "wants to host a minimum of five world championships," according to Rainer Grünberg of the HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT. German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) President Alfons Hörmann said, "The [Olympic] bid concept ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Europe

Stuttgart Sells 80% Of Hospitality Packages

Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart "has sold 80% of its inventory in its three hospitality areas," according to Holger Rehm of SPONSORs. The VIP area in the main stand of the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which has a capacity of 2,200 seats, "is almost completely sold out." There "are still limited opportunities ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Europe

Players Express Frustration With R&A

Royal & Ancient CEO Peter Dawson on Saturday night accepted -- with hindsight -- that play "should never have restarted on the third morning at St Andrews," according to Derek Clements of the SUNDAY TIMES. The late-running second round of the championship "was suspended due to high winds just 32 ...

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Bulgaria To Put Cash Into Academies

The Ministry of Youth & Sports in Bulgaria "has committed to allocating substantially increased funds to club youth academies in 2016," according to Alexander Krassimirov of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The announcement was made by Bulgarian Sports Minister Krassen Kralev. He reported that the Bulgari ...

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Sport1 Acquires La Liga Rights

Liberty Global’s Dutch premium TV channel Sport1 "has again acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to La Liga," according to Chris Dziadul of BROADBAND TV NEWS. The acquisition "includes the rights to live broadcasts and extended highlights on TV and broadband internet." At least six games fr ...

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Tour De France Dir Hits Out At Media

Tour de France Dir Christian Prudhomme "blamed the media for aggression aimed at yellow jersey holder Chris Froome as the Briton's Team Sky were protected by police before the start of Sunday's 15th stage," according to Julien Pretot of REUTERS. Froome "had urine thrown at him by a spectator on S ...

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Hangin' With ... Javier Tebas

JAVIER TEBAS is the president of the Spanish Football League. Since taking over as LFP president in April '13, Tebas has addressed several of the league's key issues, including match-fixing, distribution of TV revenue and the clubs' collective debt. In that time, he also has overseen the LFP Worl ...

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