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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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UBS In Drive For $100M N.Y. Grand Prix

Swiss investment bank UBS "has been appointed" by N.Y. Grand Prix organizers in a bid to secure $100M of funding to enable the race to go ahead in '14, according to Christian Sylt of the London TELEGRAPH. F1 circuits "typically cost" more than $250M to build, but using public roads "avoids this expe ...

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Market Value Of Bundesliga Players

German website Transfermarkt.de "will release its updated market-value ranking of Bundeliga players" on Monday, according to BILD. Bayern Munich players Mario Götze and Thomas Müller "have overtaken their teammate Franck Ribery" and are the "highest-valued players in the Bundesliga" with a ...

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CSKA Sofia Fans Protest At BFU Building

Angry CSKA Sofia fans "protested and threw stones and fireworks at the Bulgarian Football Union's headquarters on Saturday, angry at its lack of action as the debt-ridden club battles to avoid the obscurity of the amateur leagues," according to Angel Krasimirov of REUTERS. CSKA "will play in the ama ...

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Eurosport Releases Audience Numbers

Pan-European network Eurosport has reported one of its best ever half-year audience results for the first six months of '13. Grand Slam tennis from Australia and France, respectively, attracted 53 and 59 million different viewers on Eurosport and Eurosport 2. The 2013 French Open was the second-best ...

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Berlin To Host '18 European Athletics

Berlin's Olympic Stadium "is expected to host the 2018 European Athletics Championships after competing candidate Budapest dropped out," according to the BERLINER MORGENPOST. German Athletics Association (DLV) President Clemens Prokop said, "I'm expecting we will be awarded the event." The official ...

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Olympics On A Reasonable Budget

Madrid 2020 Int'l CEO Theresa Zabell said that the city hosting the 2020 Games "can demonstrate to the world they can be done effectively on a reasonable budget," according to the AFP. Zabell said that "it was imperative that the Games did not get more and more expensive and therefore out of reach o ...

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Espanyol Claims Barcelona Taking Youth

After criticizing Barcelona for the club's recruitment of La Liga side Espanyol's youth players, Espanyol President Joan Collet "assured on Sunday that his team has the support of the Spanish Football League (LFP)." Referencing LFP President Javier Tebas, Collet said, "He has told me that he underst ...

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FIFA Admits It Has An Image Problem

FIFA "is among protesters’ targets as Brazilians stage the country’s biggest street demonstrations in two decades," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said that "being the focus of fury goes hand in hand with running the world’s most-popular ...

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LFP Plans Salary Reductions

Salaries for Spanish Football League (LFP) clubs will decrease by €100M ($130M), almost 15%, next year, according to the EFE. The expected decrease is part of the Spanish Superior Sports Council's (CSD) economic stability plan for football ( EFE, 6/27 ). In Madrid, Carlos F. Marcote reported ...

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Citroen Will Join WTCC In 2014

French car manufacturer Citroen revealed that it "will compete in the World Touring Car Championship in '14," according to Gerald Dirnbeck of MOTORSPORT TOTAL. Citroen "will start with its own factory team," and PSA, the owner of Citroen, counts on nine-time rally champion Sebastien Loeb "as its fla ...

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