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Labour Party Floats Levy On EPL TV Rights To Support Grassroots Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 14

Britain's Labour Party has accused Premier League clubs of "not contributing enough to grassroots football and suggested that they may be compelled to pay a levy on revenue from television rights," according to Pickard & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman "is a...

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02/14/14
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02/14/14
IOC To Investigate Dutch Coaches

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02/14/14
F1 Offers Sochi Future After Olympics

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Tags: Events and Attractions, Russia

02/13/14
Burton: Snowboard Biz Is Healthy

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Putin Happy With Olympics Opening

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