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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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Grasshoppers Zürich Lose Main Sponsor

Swiss Super League club Grasshoppers Zürich "has reportedly lost its main sponsor," according to Frieder Schilling of SPONSORs. Businessman Reinhard Fromm "will end his shirt sponsorship deal with the club due to, in his opinion, insufficient leadership of the club." Fromm resigned as VP of the ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Europe

Hair-Raising Ride For Tacopina

The high-stakes gamble of Joe Tacopina and fellow investors in Serie A side Bologna FC climaxed in the last few minutes of a hair-raising match Tuesday night as his Rossoblù squad survived a furious onslaught on the pitch and advanced to the top Italian league. It was the nexus of sport and b ...

Tags: Finance, Europe

Hankook Renews With Europa League

Hankook Tires has renewed its sponsorship deal with the UEFA Europa League, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. The South Korean tire brand will remain an official partner of Europe’s second highest club football competition for another three years until ’18. At one time du ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Europe, Asia

Cologne Sports Clubs Talk Merger

German fourth-tier basketball club Rheinstars Cologne "has held talks with FC Cologne about being incorporated into the main club of the football Bundesliga side," according to Henning Eberhardt of SPONSORs. FC Cologne President Werner Spinner: "It is correct that we've held initial talks. However, ...

Tags: Franchises, Europe

Nearly 9.5M Watch U.S.-Germany Friendly

German public broadcaster ARD "recorded nearly 9.5 million viewers for its broadcast of the int'l friendly between the U.S. and Germany on Wednesday," according to Manuel Weis of QUOTENMETER. The game, which started at 9:30pm, attracted an average of 9.41 million viewers. The number translated into ...

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EU Urges Blatter To Depart Immediately

The European Parliament pressed FIFA to force out President Sepp Blatter "before his replacement is selected in the coming six to nine months," according to Jonathan Stearns of BLOOMBERG. Weighing into the growing corruption scandal at FIFA, the European Union assembly said FIFA should select an i ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

Silent Clubs Exacerbate Rift With Supporters

There "is a strange phenomenon" on social media "involving how journalists interact with football fans," opined Tony Barrett of the LONDON TIMES. There "is a growing disconnect between fans and many leading clubs and the mainstream media finds itself caught in the middle." The issue "was brought i ...

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Guardian Banned From Baku 2015

The government of Azerbaijan has "banned the Guardian, along with a number of media outlets and human rights activists," from "entering the country to cover the inaugural European Games," which begin on Friday, according to Shaun Walker of the London GUARDIAN. Human Rights Watch said that the " ...

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Germany To Host Olympics, Euro 'Unlikely'

UEFA President Michel Platini "has doubts that Germany would host both the European Championships and the Olympic Games" in '24, according to Frieder Schilling of SPONSORs. He referred to the example of Turkey, which wanted to host both events in '20 "and did not get any." Platini reportedly told th ...

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Swiss Hockey Cup To Increase Field

The Swiss Hockey Cup "will expand the number of participating teams" during the '16-17 season, according to BLICK. The Cup competition, which was revived last season after 43 years, only includes NLA, NLB and 1st League teams during the first two years. However, starting with the '16-17 edition, 2nd ...

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