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North, South American Rugby Unions Plan To Launch Pan-American Championship

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 27 / 15

USA Rugby announced that six nations from North and South America "plan to launch a Pan-American annual championship based on the successful European model," according to REUTERS. Representatives of rugby unions from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Canada and the U.S. "met in Miami this week to ...

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West Indies Cricket Partners With Joma

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TV Deals Hurting Value Of Pachuca, León

Consulting firm Competitive Intelligence Unit analysts Fernando Esquivel and Rolando Alanilla said that "the decrease in the value of Carlos Slim's shares in Liga MX clubs Pachuca and León is largely due to those teams lacking contracts putting their home games on free-TV channels," accordi ...

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FIFA Angers ESPN By Giving Rights To Fox

FIFA granted World Cup rights in the U.S. to Fox Sports and Telemundo "without seeking bids from other broadcasters, angering ESPN, which televised the 2014 edition," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. FIFA did not say that "it was tendering for the 2026 World Cup before issuing a statement that ...

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Slim's Stakes In Pachuca, León Down 90%

The value of Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim's shares in Liga MX sides Pachuca and León "have decreased by around 90%," according to Isaid Mera of CNN EXPANSIÓN. His 30% stake in Pachuca is now worth 33.9M pesos ($2.27M), 89% less than its value of 308.3M pesos in Aug. '12, according to a f ...

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Edmonton Withdraws Commonwealth Bid

Edmonton, Canada has withdrawn its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, "leaving Durban in South Africa as the only remaining bidder," according to the BBC. A statement from the bid team said "financial reasons and a global fall in oil prices were behind the withdrawal." Edmonton has said it "wi ...

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SpoBiS Summit: NBA Aspires To Be No. 1

Bringing the world courtside is how NBA senior exec Benjamin Morel described one of the league’s key priorities. During his keynote speech at SpoBiS on Tuesday, the league’s SVP/MD EMEA talked about the global appeal of basketball and the NBA’s aim to conquer the world. “Our ...

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Former IOC Member Vázquez Raña Dies

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New Balance Launches Football Business

Boston-based footwear firm New Balance "is jumping into the world’s biggest sport with the launch of a soccer business under the New Balance name," according to Kurt Badenhausen of FORBES. New Balance "has been firing on all cylinders in recent years with sales up 17% annually" since '10 ...

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Running Continues Growth In Mexico

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NBA Extends Rights With China's Tencent

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