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21st Century Fox Denies Bribery Allegations By Former Marketing Exec Alejandro Burzaco

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 17 / 17

21st Century Fox denied a government witness' "allegation that its sports division paid bribes" to win TV rights for int'l football tournaments, according to Patricia Hurtado of BLOOMBERG. Fox said in a statement that it "had no operational control of the business" that a former sports marketin...

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U.S., Canada To Host 2025 World Cup

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Toronto Owner Trying To Lure NRL Players

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Notts County Takeover Talks Ongoing

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MLS Clubs Targeting ManU Players

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How Best To Grow Rugby In U.S.

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