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Bernie Ecclestone Says He Ran Formula 1 As A 'Five-Star Michelin Restaurant'

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 20 / 17

Bernie Ecclestone was "deposed" as CEO of Formula 1 in January after "one of the longest running reigns in sport, driven out of power by American conglomerate Liberty Media," according to Oliver Holt of the London DAILY MAIL. It marked the end of a "tumultuous 12 months which shook Ecclestone's...

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Russian Athletes May Participate Under Neutral Flag

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Rosberg Retires From F1 Following Title

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Hoeneß Supports Reduction Of BBL

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Mourinho Reportedly Misled Taxman

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Belgian Football Opens Media Tender

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Spox.com Comes To Austria

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FIA Confirms 20-Race F1 Season In '17

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Bundesliga Merchandise Sales Up €17M

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Phoenix Hagen To Cease Operation

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Survey Reveals Footballers' Harsh Reality

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