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Barcelona Partially Withdraws Liability Action Against Former President

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 02 / 22 / 17

Former Barcelona President Joan Laporta and five other former execs "rejected an earlier pact" from Barcelona and current President Josep Maria Bartomeu over "disagreements pertaining to the financial situation of the club," and will not face liability action, according to Ramiro Aldunate of MARCA.&...

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Sport1 Extends ESPN Rights Package

Sport1 GmbH extended its comprehensive rights package from ESPN Media Distribution through the '17-18 season. The package for pay-TV channel Sport1 US includes the broadcast rights to NCAA College Football and College Basketball as well as the Verizon IndyCar Series. Alongside college and motorsport ...

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France Stars Wanted Friendly Called Off

France's players arrived in London "in a state of shock" on Monday morning, "with some unhappy" at being told that Tuesday’s friendly against England "must go ahead," according to Laurens & Hughes of the LONDON TIMES. It is understood that several of them "feel they should have been c ...

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St. Pauli Increases Revenue To €33.1M

Second Bundesliga club St. Pauli "reported an operating result before taxes" of €1.13M during the '14-15 season, according to SPORT1. The club also reported a profit of €240,000 over the course of the past season. St. Pauli President Oke Göttlich said, "We are satisfied with the resul ...

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Close To 4.5M Watch Brazilian Grand Prix

German free-to-air TV channel RTL "recorded close to 4.5 million viewers" for its broadcast of the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, according to Nils Lehnebach of SPONSORs. An average of 4.42 million viewers tuned in to watch the 18th round of the '15 season. The race, which was won by Mercedes driver Nico ...

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Vivendi President Ready To Invest

French multinational mass media company Vivendi CEO Vincent Bolloré is reportedly "ready to invest" up to €2B ($2.14B) in an effort to “revive the pay-TV channel Canal+, which is facing an erosion of subscribers,” according to Gwénaëlle Barzic of REUTERS. Weakened ...

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2024 Olympic Bid Cities: Budapest

Erik Siklós, director of marketing and communications at the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB), says Budapest is a "dynamic city" with a history of "delivering great events," where Olympians are "heralded as national heroes." Siklós answered a series of questions about the city's quali ...

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Six-Year Football Ban

FIFA President Sepp Blatter and his would-be successor, UEFA President Michel Platini, "could be banned from football for six years by Christmas," according to Andrew Warshaw of the London DAILY MAIL. FIFA investigators are close to completing their inquiries over the undeclared £1.35M "d ...

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Fan Safety France's Major Concern

The security of fans in Euro 2016 host cities is “of great concern following the events in Paris Friday,” according to Rachel Pretti of L’ÉQUIPE. The Euro organizing committee, the French government and the host cities have “been focusing on the problem of security for ...

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Bomber Tried To Enter Stade De France

A suicide bomber "was turned away by a security guard as he tried to get into the Stade de France before blowing himself up after being challenged at the gate," according to Darren Boyle of the London DAILY MAIL. The terrorist was one of three different cells who launched coordinated attacks across ...

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Tag Heuer To Sue Infront Over China Deal

Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer announced that it "will take legal action against marketing agency Infront Sports & Media," according to Nils Lehnebach of SPONSORs. The reasons for Tag Heuer's decision "are complications after signing a deal with Chinese basketball." Last month, Tag Heuer "singed a ...

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