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Labour Party Floats Levy On EPL TV Rights To Support Grassroots Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 14

Britain's Labour Party has accused Premier League clubs of "not contributing enough to grassroots football and suggested that they may be compelled to pay a levy on revenue from television rights," according to Pickard & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman "is a...

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Finance Notes

Germany sports retail chain SportScheck achieved a gross turnover of about €394M ($516.61M) for the fiscal year until the end of February, down by just 3.4% compared with its record sales the previous year ( ISPO, 4/11 ). ... Under Armour has teamed up with former adidas Brasil President Marc ...

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BBL, DBB Issue Player Agent Licenses

As part of the continued professionalization, the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) and German Basketball Federation (DBB) have issued, for the first time, 40 player agent licenses on March 15. During the licensing process of the BBL and DBB, which was created together with the 2nd Basketball Bundesliga ( ...

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UEFA Unveils Media Rights Deals

UEFA unveiled a series of media rights deals for the European qualifiers of Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup. General Secretary Gianni Infantino provided details of the deals while speaking at the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester, England. UEFA announced an exclusive agreement for the media rig ...

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DFL Discusses Ending Summer Break

German Football League (DFL) Managing Dir Andreas Rettig said the elimination of the Bundesliga's summer break is being "very openly discussed" at the DFL, according to the SID. Rettig said, "At the end, it also depends on FIFA's decision in the debate to reschedule the World Cup in Qatar from summe ...

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Season Record Ratings For CL On Sky

German pay-TV channel Sky "set a new season record" with its broadcast of Tuesday's Champions League game between Borussia Dortmund and FC Malaga, according to Fabian Riedner of QUOTENMETER. An average of 1.18 million viewers tuned in on Tuesday night to watch Dortmund's dramatic last-minute victory ...

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Names In The News

Canadian PM STEPHEN HARPER is urging NHL Commissioner GARY BETTMAN " to let the league's stars play in the Sochi Olympics." Harper said that he "speaks for all Canadians who want to see the country's top players don the Maple Leaf at the Winter Games next year" ( AP, 4/9 ). ... A criminal case ...

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Q&A With BMW's Eckhard Wannieck

German car maker BMW has been creating headlines with ever-increasing car sale numbers around the globe. The brand sees itself as No. 1 in the premium car segment and is very active in the sports sponsorship market. As a London 2012 Olympic Partner, BMW has received worldwide exposure on the biggest ...

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FIFA, Visa Extension Reports Premature

Visa and FIFA "have confirmed talks have been held over extending the company’s top-tier sponsorship of world football’s governing body, but have denied reports a new deal has been agreed through to the 2022 World Cup," according to SOCCEREX. Visa signed its current deal with FIFA in Jun ...

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Qatar Offers Handball Coach $1M

Qatar has offered Spain's national handball coach VALERO RIVERA a deal worth €800,000 ($1M) to coach its national team, according to MIDDLE EAST ONLINE. Spanish King JUAN CARLOS ' son-in-law INAKI URDANGARIN who is under investigation for allegedly embezzling millions of euros of public ...

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UEFA Could End German Ref's Season

UEFA's Technical Committee on Arbitration has decided that German referee Wolfgang Stark will not officiate any more Champions League games this season "due to technical errors during the game between Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona" on April 2, which ended in a 2-2 draw, according to EL PERIODICO ...

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