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IOC Bans Russian Team From PyeongChang Over State-Run Doping Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 06 / 17

The IOC banned the Russian Olympic team from the PyeongChang 2018 Games as punishment for its extensive state-run doping operation in Sochi, but individual athletes may be permitted to compete under a neutral Olympic flag if they are untouched by the scandal. Attention now turns to the highest level...

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Hamilton Cements Status As Marketable Star

Lewis Hamilton’s third Formula 1 world title has cemented his status as one of the most marketable stars in the world, though experts are in disagreement over whether his marketing clout matches those of European football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Hamilton’s’ third ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom

DFB Raided Over Claims Of Tax Evasion

Frankfurt tax officers "have raided the offices of Germany’s DFB football association as part of an investigation into alleged tax evasion linked to the awarding of the 2006 World Cup," according to James Shotter of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Frankfurt prosecutors' office said that more than 50 tax ...

Tags: Europe, International Football

Hamburg Appoints DSM To Market '24 Bid

Hamburg 2024 bid committee "has as expected appointed German Sport Marketing (DSM) as the official marketing partner of the city's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics," according to Kathrin Hartmann of SPONSORs. The deal includes "the creation of marketing packages as well as the acquisition, advice an ...

Tags: Olympics, Europe

Egyptian Billionaire Discloses 6% Stake

The investment vehicle of Egyptian billionaire Nassef Sawiris disclosed that it obtained 6% of the voting rights in adidas AG, "reigniting speculation the German sports brand has become the target of activist investors," according to Eyk Henning of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Sawiris, part of Egypt's r ...

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UBS Cooperating With FIFA Investigation

Swiss bank UBS said that it is "cooperating with authorities" who are investigating financial corruption linked to FIFA, according to the AP. UBS said that it was contacted about "accounts relating to (FIFA) and other constituent soccer associations and related persons and entities." Switzerland Att ...

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Ziggo Launches Free Sports Channel

Dutch cable operator Ziggo "will launch a new sports channel this month, featuring major events, a weekly talkshow and sports-related films and documentaries," according to Holly Ashford of TVB EUROPE. Ziggo Sport "will be available free to Ziggo customers and will offer international and national s ...

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UEFA Sets Deadline For Kiev Safety Plan

Ukraine "has been given two weeks by UEFA to produce new safety and security proposals for the Olympic Stadium in Kiev in the wake of crowd disturbances during Dynamo Kiev's Champions League match against Chelsea last month," according to Igor Nitsak of REUTERS. Ukraine Football Federation (FFU) Ex ...

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League Notes

FIA President Jean Todt has reportedly confirmed that the motorsport racing’s governing body "will formally authorise Pirelli’s new deal to keep supplying tyres" to F1 teams. With the renewed deal, the Italian company "will be the sole tyre supplier" from '17-19. Motorsport.com reported ...

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Clubs Suffer From Football League Ouster

Clubs are about 100 times "more likely to go bust if they drop out of the Football League," according to Bill Edgar of the LONDON TIMES. League clubs have played for a combined 6,333 seasons in the 69 years of league football "since the war but only three have folded, meaning any given club have had ...

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Red Bull Rides AT&T's Global Network

AT&T's network service is powering the performance of Red Bull Racing in the data-driven sport of F1. At the heart of the partnership is AT&T's global network that links the team's headquarters in Milton Keynes, England, to every racetrack on the F1 calendar. Red Bull has had a business rela ...

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