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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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Red Star Banned From Champions League

Serbian SuperLiga side Red Star Belgrade "has been banned from next season's Champions League" for failing to pay its debts, according to the BBC. UEFA said in a statement the Serbian champions were "in breach of a number of provisions of the Uefa Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations." ...

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Almost 10M Watch Int'l Friendly On ZDF

German public broadcaster ZDF "attracted almost 10 million viewers to its broadcast of the friendly between Germany and Armenia on Friday evening," according to the DPA. A total of 9.95 million viewers tuned in to watch the game starting at 8:45pm. The number equaled a market share of 37.8%. Germany ...

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Allianz Signs On As Naming-Rights Partner

Insurance company Allianz "has acquired the naming rights for the new stadium of Austrian Bundesliga football club Rapid Vienna," according to ORF. The new stadium, which is expected to open in '16 and replace the club's current ground, Gerhard-Hanappi Stadium, "will be named 'Allianz Stadium.'" Rap ...

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Al-Thani To Quit La Liga Side Malaga

La Liga side Malaga Owner Abdullah Al-Thani "has said he is to end his association" with the club "after bemoaning a perceived lack of respect," according to FOOTBALL ESPANA. Marca reported that Al-Thani "made the announcement on his Twitter account and has previously issued such threats." He "had a ...

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Sources: Eurosport To Bid For Serie A

Discovery Communications' Eurosport "is bidding" for Italian football TV rights "to challenge Mediaset and Sky Italia in broadcasting the country’s most popular sport," according to Lepido & Schweizer of BLOOMBERG. Sources said that Eurosport bid for a package that includes 132 matches inv ...

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Deutsche Bank To Buy Stake In Dortmund

Financial institute Deutsche Bank and Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund "are reportedly in talks about a 10% stake in the club" for €23.5M ($32M), according to BILD. Dortmund Managing Dir Hans-Joachim Watzke, Deutsche Bank VP Jürgen Fitschen and Chair Rainer Neske "have held preliminary ta ...

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Bremen Tries To Save More Than $4M

Bundesliga club Werder Bremen will try to save €3M ($4.1M) as the club "made a loss for the third consecutive season," according to Sonnenberg & Balczuweit of BILD. With a loss of almost €9M, the club "has to start saving." However, it "will not touch the salaries of its players." Inst ...

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Report: Russian Mafia Blackmails Exec

The former head of Salzburg, Austria's bid committee for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Fedor Radmann, "was reportedly blackmailed by the Russian mafia," according to the KURIER. German newspaper "Bild am Sonntag" reported that Radmann "was blackmailed by the mafia and forced to resign in Jan. '07 after ...

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FIS To Discuss New Slalom Format

The Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) "is discussing the idea of slalom with three runs during its biannual congress," according to Stefan Sigwarth of the KURIER. The congress, which is taking place in Barcelona until Friday, "will also award the 2019 world championships in Nordic, Alpine and Freestyle Ski ...

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Hockey Federations Team With Infront

The German and French ice hockey federations (DEB, FFHG) have partnered with Infront Sports & Media for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, to be co-hosted by the two countries. The agreement has led to a joint venture between Infront and DEB in Germany, to be based in Munich. DEB Gener ...

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