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FIFA Ensures 2018 World Cup Pitch Quality By Banning Concerts Before Tournament

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 18 / 16

FIFA has "blocked rock concerts from being staged in World Cup stadiums" in the weeks before the '18 tournament kicks off in Russia, according to Graham Dunbar of the AP. FIFA passed a rule "to ensure that the field of play is of the highest quality, it shall not be used for a non-football event" fo...

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Russian TV Loses Rights To Qualifier

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Russia Adds To World Cup Budget

The Russian government proposed a 2% increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, "reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year," according to the AP. A document written by the Sports Ministry envisages an increase of 12.5B rubles ($175M), taking the budget to 643.8B rubles ($9B). That d ...

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Russian GP Considering Night Race

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Probes Unlikely To Disrupt 2018 WC

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KHL President Talks State Of League

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RFS Calls For Financial Regulations

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Russian GP Organizers Want May Date

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