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National Rugby League Side Gold Coast Titans Fined $263,000 For Salary Cap Breach

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

National Rugby League side Gold Coast has been fined A$300,000 ($263,000) "and hit with a suspended penalty of four competition points over a salary cap breach in regard to former playmaker Scott Prince," according to the AAP. Prince left the Titans at the end of '12 and the penalty "was issued aft...

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CSKA Punished For Racist Abuse

Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow will have to play its next European home match behind closed doors "after repeated racist behaviour" by its supporters, according to the BBC. In November, the club had part of its ground shut after Man City midfielder Yaya Toure "was subjected to racist chant ...

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Organizers: Injuries Not Weather Related

After a spate of injuries over the last few days, Sochi Olympics organizers "have denied that the alpine conditions caused by warm weather in the first week of the Games were to blame," according to Nick Miller of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. In the worst injury of the Games, Russian freestyle skier ...

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BMW Pushes U.S. Bobsled Team

The U.S. men’s bobsled team hasn’t won a Gold Medal in the two-man competition in close to 80 years, but with some help from sponsor BMW, they’re expected to be in contention in Sochi. BMW has pulled off one of the most effective sponsor integrations at the Sochi Winter Games. Its ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia, Europe

Samsung Unleashes WOW Factor

More than 400,000 people around the world have downloaded Samsung’s Olympic WOW app for the Sochi Games. The app is the first Olympic application the longtime global Olympic sponsor has made for Android phones, and it’s attracting more than 145,000 visitors per day. Samsung spokesperson ...

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Projected Logos Run Afoul Of IOC

The IOC this week asked Sochi 2014 organizers to stop projecting images of Coca-Cola, Aeroflot and other sponsors on the LED-lit exterior of the Bolshoy and Shayba arenas. In a world of rampant commercialism, the IOC prides itself on clean venues that are free of signage. The IOC’s marketing t ...

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'Speakers Corner' Hosts Few Protests

When Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a special protest area at the Winter Olympics , "it looked like a victory for freedom of speech," according to Timothy Heritage of REUTERS. A week into the Games "his decision to ease the blanket ban on protests in Sochi, presented as ...

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Russian Football Club Closes Down

The Russian second-tier football club Alania Vladikavkaz, based in the Caucasian region of North Ossetia, is to be liquidated after its sponsor, the hydroelectricity company RusHydro, pulled out of a $40M-a-year deal. RusHydro said its decision came after North Ossetia's government, which owns the s ...

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Games Help McDonald's Expand In Russia

The Sochi Games jump-started McDonald's business in southern Russia, leading to the construction of five restaurants in the Sochi region and allowing it to add smoothies, parfaits and wraps to its menu.McDonald's Russia CEO Khamzat Khasbulatov said, "Because of the Olympics, we built them. They've b ...

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IOC To Investigate Dutch Coaches

The IOC "is investigating claims by Australian speed skater Daniel Greig that there was behind-the-scenes betting on the 500m speedskating event," according to Jacquelin Magnay of THE AUSTRALIAN. Greig told reporters after finishing the 1000m final that unnamed Dutch coaches "had bet on him as an ou ...

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F1 Offers Sochi Future After Olympics

F1's newest venue "is a fenced-off building site, lines of skips and diggers parked along what will be the main straight, on the rubble-strewn fringes of an otherwise glittering Sochi Olympic Park," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Spectators entering the Park on a balmy winter's day with ticke ...

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