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Pro12 Rugby Officials In Talks About North American Expansion

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 25 / 16

The Pro12, the "only professional cross-border league in Europe, is considering expanding into North America" as organizers look at ways of "closing the financial gap" with the Premiership and Top14, according to Paul Rees of the London GUARDIAN. Pro12 officials will "next month fly out to meet repr...

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NFL Working To Bring Game To Mexico

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NBA Suns Owner Takes Over Mallorca

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