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FIBA World Cup Court Provider Connor Sports Embracing Company's Biggest Int'l Project

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 22 / 14

Viewers tuning into FIBA World Cup games in August and September will notice consistent but distinct designs on the courts at the venues in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, Bilbao and Gran Canaria. One of two companies -- along with FIBA presenting partner Beko -- with a brand prese...

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Sochi Security Shows Terror Risk

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Hoax Threats Fuel Sochi Security Fears

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Stadium Construction To Start In '14

A regional official said that work "will begin on the 2018 World Cup arena in Nizhny Novgorod before the end of the year," according to RIA NOVOSTI. The design stage of the projected 45,000-seat stadium, to be built at the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers, "is close to completion." Nizhny Novg ...

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Sochi To Showcase More Than Sport

When Sochi greets athletes from all over the world for the Winter Olympics, "it will be showcasing much more than sport," according to Kathrin Hille of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Russia "wants to mark its return to the world stage not just as a cradle of culture and civilisation, but, critically for Presi ...

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U.S. Studying Sochi Rescue Plans

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Jamaica Bobsled Heading To Sochi

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NBA, Russian Gas Firm SIBUR Partner

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Nemtsov Report Questions Sochi Games

The Sochi Olympics "will be the most expensive in the history of the Olympics," according to Robertson & Masters of CNN. The $50B price tag is still "rising." But just what has it "been spent on?" Former Deputy PM Boris Nemtsov, a "fierce critic" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has question ...

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Russian Court Comes Down On Pirates

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