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German Government Supports Hamburg's 2024 Olympics Bid With $33M

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 05 / 22 / 15

The German government "will support Hamburg's bid for the 2024 Olympics" with €30M ($33.4M), according to Kathrin Hartmann of SPONSORs. The government will support the bid with a total of €30M between '15-17. The first €10M ($11.1M) will reportedly be provided this year. The additiona...

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Jeep To Sponsor World Surf League

Jeep has signed on as the official auto brand of the World Surf League in what is believed to be the first global automotive sponsor for the WSL. Jeep will take entitlement to the leaderboard online and in broadcasts for both the men's and women's WSL tours, and the top surfer in each competition wi ...

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FIFPro Criticizes Czech Club Banik Most

Czech second division club Banik Most has been criticized by the world players' union FIFPro "over plans to make its players take lie detector tests after a run of nine successive defeats," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. FIFPro said in a statement, "FIFPro is totally opposed to the use of a ...

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Report: Lee Plans Buy 70% Of AC Milan

Richard Lee "has a four-year plan" to take over 70% of AC Milan, according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. The Rossoneri "are believed to be on the verge of being sold," with Thai investor Bee Taechaubol in Milan over the weekend, announcing a deal will be done within the next month. However, Hong Kong-based i ...

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Cortina Named 2021 Alpine Skiing Host

The Italian resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo was named on Monday by the Int'l Ski Federation (FIS) as the host venue for the 2021 Alpine Skiing World Championship, according to ANSA. Cortina, which hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics, "finally prevailed after four failed bids" to host the championships of '1 ...

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Mainz Exec Calls For Expansion Of League

Bundesliga side FSV Mainz Manager Christian Heidel "has called for an expansion of the top flight," according to the SID. Heidel: "We consider increasing the number of teams to 20." Other European top leagues in Spain, England and Italy are proving that it is possible to schedule four additional mat ...

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Artland Disbands Basketball Team

Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) side Artland Dragons "has disbanded its basketball team with immediate effect," according to the SID. As a result, the club "is losing its spot in the German top flight." The club, which announced the news on Sunday, said that "its location and the resulting financial dis ...

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Bayern, Univision Deportes Team Up

Bayern Munich "has agreed to a broadcast cooperation with U.S. Spanish-language TV network Univision Deportes," according to the SID. As part of the cooperation, which the club announced on Thursday, Univision Deportes will carry Bundesliga, DFB Pokal (German Cup), Champions League games and its clu ...

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Champions League Gives $257M Boost

Research by travel website GoEuro.co.uk and app onefootball.com revealed that the Champions League generates nearly £170M ($257M) "for the European transport and tourism industry," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The research finds that potential income for a city will ri ...

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European Clubs Expand U.S. Fan Base

The U.S. is a long way from being a football nation, but it is already a football "destination," according to Kevin Baxter of the L.A. TIMES. In July, at least seven major European clubs will "visit the U.S. to sell jerseys, entice sponsors and pick up a few million dollars in guaranteed money ...

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Berlusconi To Keep Contol Of AC Milan

Silvio Berlusconi will "keep control" of AC Milan but could sell a minority stake, his holding company said following talks between the former Italian prime minister and Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol, according to Masoni & Mackenzie of REUTERS. A statement from Fininvest "dismissed growin ...

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