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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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10/22/14
Russia 2018 CEO Dismisses Racism Issues

Russia 2018 World Cup CEO Alexei Sorokin "has laughed off suggestions that the country has a problem with racism, ahead of CSKA Moscow’s Champions League tie against Manchester City, which will be played behind closed doors because of fans’ alleged violence and use of racist banners," ac ...

Tags: Russia, International Football

10/21/14
IOC Demands Explanation From RTF Chief

Related story: Serena Williams Responds To Slur The IOC is demanding that Russian member Shamil Tarpischev "explain comments he made about Venus and Serena Williams earlier this month," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. Tarpischev, also president of the Russia ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia

10/21/14
Russia's Luzhniki Ahead Of Schedule

FIFA has insisted that the £340M ($549M) reconstruction of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium -- the venue for the 2018 World Cup Final -- is "ahead of schedule" following an inspection visit of the venue on Monday, according to Mark Ogden of the London TELEGRAPH. FIFA's inspection team has "spen ...

Tags: Facilities, Russia

10/20/14
Serena Williams Responds To Slur

SERENA WILLIAMS "slammed" Russian Tennis Federation President SHAMIL TARPISHCHEV for using "extremely sexist, racist and bullying" comments after he described "her and sister VENUS as the 'Williams brothers,'" according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The WTA "took swift action," fined Tarpish ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, Russia

10/20/14
Lokomotiv To Appeal RFS Decision

In a rare case when a dispute between a football club and a sacked coach over a payoff is taken to outside arbitration, Lokomotiv Moscow said it will appeal a decision by the Russian Football Union (RFS) that it has to pay €1.8M ($2.3M) to recently fired coach Leonid Kuchuk. "We disagree with [ ...

Tags: Russia, Finance

10/17/14
FIFA Confident Zenit Arena Will Be Ready

FIFA has "no doubts" the Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg will be "completed in time" for the 2018 World Cup after an inspection on Thursday, according to the AFP.  After his team "toured the construction site of the 70,000-seat venue," FIFA Inspection Committee Head Christian Unger said, "There a ...

Tags: Facilities, Russia

10/16/14
Champagne Urges RFU To Combat Racism

FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne urged the Russian Football Union "to increase punishments for clubs whose fans are guilty of racism to help eradicate the problem before the 2018 World Cup finals there," according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. Champagne said that "he was pleased the RFU ha ...

Tags: International Football, Russia

10/16/14
Russia Considering Reducing WC Budget

Russia 2018 World Cup CEO Alexei Sorokin said that Russia's budget for hosting the World Cup "may face a squeeze as the ruble's fall against the U.S. dollar makes imported construction materials more expensive," according to the AP. The ruble has fallen by "almost a third against the dollar since th ...

Tags: Facilities, Russia

10/13/14
Russian GP Result Of F1, OJSC Omega

The construction of the Sochi Autodrom, which staged the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, "is a story of cooperation among the local Russian company that has built the circuit, Formula One ’s leading architect and a consulting company that specializes in helping new Grand Prix sites around the w ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Russia

10/09/14
F1 CEO Ecclestone: 'We Are Happy'

F1 "risks political condemnation" when Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a personal appearance at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. The race, "held during outrage over Russia's involvement in Ukraine, is already treading on sensitive terri ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Russia

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