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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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Russians Urged To Help Prevent Attacks

Less than a month before the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic, Russian investigators "appealed to civilians on Tuesday to be more vigilant and help avert the threat of 'terrorist' attacks," according to Gabriela Baczynska of REUTERS. Vladimir Markin, who is a spokesperson for Russia's national ...

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Aeroflot Unveils ManU Crest On Planes

Russian national airline Aeroflot will carry the ManU crest on two of its domestic and European short-haul planes "as part of its deal as the official carrier of the English champions," according to R-SPORT. The airline "unveiled the Manchester United livery on Monday to adorn two of its aircraft in ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom, Russia

Sochi A Risky Bet For Advertisers

The upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi "is forcing marketers who pour hundreds of millions of dollars into the Games to perform a careful balancing act," according to Emily Steel of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The Olympics "offer an unparalleled opportunity for major advertisers" such as Coca-Cola, McDonald ...

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Olympic Host Predicts 'Blanket Of Snow'

Russian weather agency Roshydromet Dir Roman Vilfand predicted on Monday that the upcoming Olympics "will have enough snow," according to R-SPORT. Vilfand "sought to end any concerns about snow shortages by insisting that there would be a suitably wintry setting" for the event. Vilfand: "There's sno ...

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Russia Plots $34M For Training Grounds

Russia's Cabinet of Ministers said that around $34M "will be spent on training grounds for the 2018 football World Cup," according to R-SPORT. The "preparation program for the football extravaganza provides for the construction and renovation of 113 training facilities, 48 of which are listed as 'pr ...

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IOC Member Criticizes Russia

An IOC member "has criticized Russia's handling of the Sochi Winter Olympics," according to the MOSCOW TIMES. Int'l Ski Federation President and Swiss IOC member Gian-Franco Kasper said that preparations "have been marred by rampant corruption and about one-third of the funds allocated to prepare fo ...

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Regions Near Sochi Placed On Alert

Russia "began a counter-terrorism operation in a southern province that borders the Krasnodar region," where the Sochi Olympics will be held next month, "after six bodies were found in abandoned cars," according to Stepan Kravchenko of BLOOMBERG. The local government said in a website statement that ...

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Financial, Political Woes Plague Nalchik

Russian football club Spartak Nalchik "will cease to exist as a professional team amid financial and political problems, an official announced Thursday in another blow to sport in Russia's troubled North Caucasus," according to R-SPORT. So far this season, fellow North Caucasus club Anzhi Makhachka ...

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Russia Tightens Belt On Sochi Security

Russian forces "went on combat alert in Sochi and tightened restrictions on access to the Black Sea resort" on Tuesday, exactly one month before the start of the Winter Olympics, according to REUTERS. Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said, "From January 7, all divisions responsible for ...

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Athletes Put Safety In Hands Of AOC

Athletes "are putting their faith in the Australian Olympic Committee to decide if it is safe enough to travel to Russia for the Winter Olympics in February," according to Michael Carayannis of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Doubts remain over the safety of the more than 10,000 athletes "who will descen ...

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