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Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag Recaps Inaugural Season, Looks Ahead To Year Two

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 30 / 15

The inaugural Formula E season ended in dramatic fashion when Nelson Piquet Jr. beat out Sébastien Buemi by a single point for the drivers' title in the final ePrix at London's Battersea Park. Although the team missed out on the drivers' championship in late June, Buemi's e.dams Renault team ...

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The Belarusian government said that "it has earmarked funds to provide Dinamo Minsk with a new stadium by the end of 2019." The new arena "will have a capacity of 25,000." Belarus "has various plans to increase the number of major sports events it hosts as part of a strategy to increase and improve ...

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Debt Threatens Sofia's European License

Bulgarian football club Levski Sofia "has announced debts" amounting to BGN 1.7M ($1M) to Dec. 31, according to Alexander Krassimirov of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The amount must be "cleared by March this year, to allow the club to acquire a license for next season and compete in European competition." ...

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English Clubs' Spend Record In '14-15

Deloitte found that EPL clubs spent a record £950M ($1.44B) on the August and January transfers this season "even though spending in the winter window" matched last year's figure of £130M, according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. Despite clubs' "relative restraint" in January, the total spe ...

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F1 CEO: German Race Looks 'Unlikely'

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said that Germany -- home of world champions Mercedes -- "looks unlikely to host a Formula One Grand Prix this year but there is still time to secure a deal," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. The 84-year-old Briton was speaking after Germany's Rhein Zeitung newspaper qu ...

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Champagne Drops Out Of FIFA Race

Jérôme Champagne has claimed his bid to oust Sepp Blatter as FIFA president "foundered on national associations fearing 'reprisals' if they supported him as he officiallly withdrew his candidacy," according to Mark Cue of the LONDON TIMES. The Frenchman also hit out at UEFA, which "has ...

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Sports Betting Grosses €4.5B In Germany

Sports betting providers grossed €4.5B in Germany in '14, according to the SID. The German sports betting association (DSWV) said that turnover increased by around 20% in comparison to '13 (€3.8B). The tax burden of the sports betting industry was as high as ever before in '14. Germany's f ...

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Eurosport Scores With Aussie Open Finals

Pan-European sports network Eurosport "recorded more than 300,000 viewers for its broadcast of the men's Australian Open final on Sunday morning," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. An average of 330,000 tuned in to watch Novak Djokovic defeat Andy Murray in four sets. The number translated into a ...

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Public Approves New Stadium In Freiburg

Bundesliga side SC Freiburg has been given the go-ahead to build a new stadium after a local referendum saw a majority vote to pass the motion. The referendum saw 58.2% of local residents vote in favor of plans to construct a new stadium on the outskirts of the city. SC Freiburg President Fritz Kell ...

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Russian Business Protesting Valencia Sale

Russian business Zolotaya Zvezda, which turned in a bid to acquire La Liga side Valencia last year , "is not giving up in its effort to show that its offer was the best of those presented to buy the club," according to PLAZA DEPORTIVA. The bid's rep, Mikhail Botsko, "will present a claim to a Valen ...

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RTL Reduces Commercial Prizes For F1

German free-to-air TV channel RTL "has reduced its commercial prizes for the upcoming F1 season," according to Sidney Schering of QUOTENMETER. IP Deutschland, RTL's commercial partner, "has reduced the prizes for TV commercials during F1 broadcasts due to declining ratings." A 30-second split screen ...

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