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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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Qatar Tennis Federation President Nasser bin Ghanim al-Khelaifi said that a new tennis stadium will open in the country in "the next three or four years." Al-Khelaifi said, "I hope the QTF will host more important tennis tournament in the coming future as the new stadium with improved facilities wil ...

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Top Cyclists Set For 2014 Dubai Tour

The quest of Dubai, UAE to become a top destination for cyclists "took a significant step forward" when the new Dubai Cycling Course was opened and a 2014 Dubai Tour for "the world’s top stars" was announced, according to K.R. Nayar of the GULF NEWS. Sheikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al ...

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Panathinaikos Abandoned By Prince

Saudi Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced Saturday that "he is abandoning plans to buy out financially-troubled" Superleague Greece club Panathinaikos, according to the AFP. Faisal said he made the move after the Athens team's shareholders rejected "a very comprehensiv ...

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ICC: Pakistan Needs To Do More

Pakistan will have to wait "to bring int'l cricket back to the country" as the Int'l Cricket Council said that it "needs to do more on the security front to win the confidence of the foreign teams," according to the PTI. ICC CEO Dave Richardson on Sunday said it is "premature" to comment if the coun ...

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Ten Sports Secures WTA TV Rights

Taj Television-owned Ten Sports "has secured the broadcast rights" to televise WTA Premier tournaments for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka from '13-16, according to INDIAN TELEVISION. In addition to TV rights, Ten Sports has also acquired the rights to distribute t ...

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Qatar Hockey Planning New Stadium

The Qatar Hockey Federation will soon have a new "state-of-the-art stadium with a seating capacity of 5,000," according to N.D. Prashant of the GULF TIMES. The new venue for field hockey has been planned by the Qatar Olympic Committee in "close proximity to the cricket stadium." QHF General Secretar ...

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Bangladesh Shelves Pakistan Tour

Bangladesh has shelved the first planned int'l cricket tour of Pakistan since an '09 terror attack on Sri Lanka's bus due to "safety grounds," according to the AFP. Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan said that the proposed tour "had been put off indefinitely amid fears over players' sa ...

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Beckham's China Future Denied

Despite recent reports in English newspapers that David Beckham has been in talks with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua to make about $404,000 a week, a club insider revealed he is actually "unlikely" to be signed by the team, according to Daniel Ren of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The ...

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Platini Renews Winter World Cup Stance

UEFA President Michel Platini "renewed his call" for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be moved to the winter to avoid the crushing heat of a Gulf summer and shared with neighboring countries, according to the AFP. He told the Dubai Int'l Sports Conference a winter tournament would be "good for everyon ...

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Pakistan-India Cricket Tour Blacked Out

Pakistan’s first cricket tour to India in five years "faced a media blackout" Monday after int'l news agencies, including the AFP, suspended coverage over a decision to bar their photo counterparts, according to the AFP. News outlets said that they would not be filing any text or pictures afte ...

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