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Hangin' With ... New Balance Football General Manager Richard Wright

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 27 / 15

RICHARD WRIGHT is the general manager of New Balance Football. Wright, a 33-year industry veteran, has developed football footwear for Nike, adidas and Umbro before joining Warrior to develop its Warrior Football line. In August, Warrior's parent company, New Balance, announced the decision...

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European Clubs Resigned To Winter WC

European clubs "will make a last-ditch effort on Tuesday" to persuade FIFA against moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November "but the tournament appears destined for winter regardless," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. With European clubs increasingly resigned to a winter tour ...

Tags: International Football, Europe, Middle East

02/23/15
Scudamore Against Winter World Cup

The heads of Europe’s leading clubs and leagues, including Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore, "will make a last-ditch stand this week to prevent the 2022 Qatar World Cup being switched to November and December, causing untold damage to the global calendar and potentially throwing television ...

Tags: International Football, Europe, Middle East

02/20/15
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Moving the dates of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to November and December is "a done deal," according to sources cited by Grant Wahl of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. A FIFA task force "will meet in Doha next week and make that recommendation, and the FIFA Executive Committee is set to make the decision fi ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Middle East

02/10/15
Egypt Postpones All Football Matches

All football in Egypt "was postponed indefinitely on Monday after at least 19 people were killed following clashes between fans and police outside a stadium in Cairo on Sunday," according to Osama Khairy of REUTERS. A Health Ministry spokesperson said the final toll was 19 dead, but the public prose ...

Tags: International Football, Africa, Middle East

02/09/15
Emirates To Sponsor GCC Club Cup

Emirates Airline has announced that it will be sponsoring the 30th GCC Club Cup, the annual tournament that brings together 12 top football clubs from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, according to ARABIAN BUSINESS. The sponsorship deal for the Gulf version of Europe's Champion ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Middle East

02/02/15
Sepp Blatter Makes Human Rights Vow

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Tags: International Football, Middle East

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Tags: Olympics, Middle East

01/27/15
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01/20/15
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