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Russia Will Face Sanctions Despite Anti-Doping Measures, IOC CEO Says

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 23 / 17

Russia "made it a crime to facilitate doping, devoted more money to drug-testing the nation’s athletes and laid out a plan to establish mandatory antidoping education classes," according to Rebecca R. Ruiz of the N.Y. TIMES. Russia President Vladimir Putin called those changes -- inspired by t...

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FIFA Not Protecting Stadium Workers, HRW Says

A Human Rights Watch report said that FIFA has "fallen short of its commitment to protect workers on Russia’s World Cup stadiums who have been forced to do backbreaking labour in freezing conditions without appropriate clothing and not knowing if they will be paid," according to Martha Kelner ...

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Russia Ramps Up Confed Cup Security

Russia "boosted security and scrambled to finish" an $800M stadium as it "banks on the eight-nation Confederations Cup to gauge its readiness to host the World Cup next year," according to Antonov & Isayev of REUTERS. Russia will showcase four of its 12 World Cup venues, including the "scandal-p ...

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Russia Blacklists Hooligans For Confed Cup

Russia "added over 190 football hooligans to a blacklist" for the upcoming FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup, which will be hosted across four Russian cities from June 17-July 2, according to RT. Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs exec Anton Gusev announced that the blacklist of football hooligans "wil ...

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Confed Cup, WC To Be Tobacco-Free

Stadiums and fan areas at the FIFA 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup will be "tobacco-free" zones, according to RT. FIFA and the Russian Local Organizing Committee "confirmed the news." FIFA Head of Sustainability & Diversity Federico Addiechi said, "FIFA has banned smoking at FIFA Worl ...

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Mutko Confirms Deal For 2017 Confed Cup

Russian Deputy PM Vitaly Mutko said that Russia TV channels reached an agreement on the purchase of TV broadcasting rights for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the "sum of the deal is way lower" than the "earlier speculated figure" of $120M, according to TASS. Match-TV General Producer Tina ...

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St. Petersburg Stadium Gets New Pitch

Russian organizers "are hurrying to lay a new field at the St. Petersburg stadium" which will host the final of the Confederations Cup, according to the AP. With less than a month until the tournament kicks off, the 68,000-seat St. Petersburg Stadium "requires its third pitch following severe t ...

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Russia Could Miss 2018 Paralympics

Russia is "set to be banned from the world para-athletics championships in London in July and is also in danger of its doping suspension extending to next year’s winter Paralympics," according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. Russia was given a deadline of early September to "meet the cr ...

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KHL May Drop Five Teams

The Kontinental Hockey League is "considering shrinking from 29 to 24 teams following years of financial instability," according to the AP. KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko said, "Optimizing the number (of clubs) will help us to deal with the issue of cost-cutting related to player earnings." He sa ...

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FIFA Struggling To Find WC Sponsors

FIFA is "struggling" to secure new commercial partners in time for next year’s World Cup in Russia, with int'l and local groups "balking at the financial cost and reputational risk" of being associated with one of the world’s most-watched sporting events, according to Ahmed & Seddo ...

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Telemundo Gaining On Univision

Telemundo, which is "on the heels" of longtime Spanish-language leader Univision, has a "chance to get a huge ratings kick" with its broadcast of the 2018 World Cup, according to E.J. Schultz of ADVERTISING AGE. While the event is still more than a year away, the NBC Universal-owned network's market ...

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