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Volkswagen Reshuffles Management Team, Appoints Sven Smeets As Motorsport Director

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 30 / 16

Sven Smeets Volkswagen Motorsport has reshuffled its management team following the departure of Motorsport Dir Jost Capito. The motorsports department of the German car brand on Monday announced the appointment of ...

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CPL Could Change Cricket In U.S.

The Caribbean Premier League affirmed its expansion plans for the U.S. market, with CEO Damien O'Donohoe saying N.Y. would be his preferred location. The four-year-old T20 league last month became the first professional cricket league to host games on U.S. soil, and league officials are bullish abou ...

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Inter Milan Moving Toward EPL Model

Italian football club Inter Milan is preparing for an int’l offensive after its sale to Chinese retailer Suning. The 108-year-old football club announced in June that Suning purchased a nearly 70% stake in the team for a reported $307M. The new ownership is a “huge opportunity” f ...

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Ireland Denies Role In Touting Scandal

The Olympic Council of Ireland "denied any knowledge of alleged touting after its name was pictured on tickets seized by police" as they arrested two individuals allegedly linked to a company owned by League Championship side Ipswich Town Owner Marcus Evans, according to Watts & Gibson of the Lo ...

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Sky Draws 260K Viewers For Opener

German pay-TV channel Sky Deutschland "drew more than a quarter million viewers for its broadcast of the opening game of the 2nd Bundesliga season," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The game between FC Kaiserslautern and Hannover 96 attracted 260,000 on Friday evening. In the target demographic ...

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Ceferin: Time To Re-Balance UEFA

Balance is "the watchword" for Slovenian FA President Aleksander Ceferin in the Slovene's program for the future of UEFA "should he defeat Ángel María Villar and Michael Van Praag in next month's election," according to Keir Radnedge of the AIPS. Europe's football federation "stages an ...

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BT: Football Chiefs Support $389M Deal

BT "defended its exclusive European club football broadcasting deal from claims it has diminished the prestige of the Champions League," as UEFA prepares for a rights auction that is expected to break the £1B ($1.3B) barrier for the first time, according to Christopher Williams of the London T ...

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Milka Returns To Ski Jumping

Chocolate brand Milka "has decided to restructure its winter sports sponsorships and will return to ski jumping," according to Holger Rehm of SPONSORs. Milka will return as an official main sponsor of this year's Four Hills Tournament ski jumping event, which kicks off in Oberstdorf, Germany, in lat ...

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ARD Draws With Olympics Broadcasts

German public broadcaster ARD "recorded a market share of more than 20% for its broadcasts during the first day of the Olympics," according to Robert Meyer of QUOTENMETER. ARD's coverage drew an overall market share of 21.7% on Saturday. In the target demographic 14-49, the 2016 Rio Games obtained a ...

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Infantino Cleared In Ethics Probe

FIFA President Gianni Infantino "has been cleared of wrongdoing following an investigation into his expenses, recruitment and alleged sacking of whistleblowers," according to the BBC. Infantino "took charge of football's world governing body in February." FIFA's ethics committee found no "conflicts ...

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Bayern Puts New Spin On Old Tradition

Bayern Munich is gearing up to host the first “purely digital, interactive and global" team presentation this weekend, the German club said. Under the slogan, "Dare to be the first," the Bundesliga champions this Saturday will put on a digital team presentation, inspired by classic late-n ...

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