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Anti-Doping Agencies Call For Russia To Be Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 15 / 17

The world's "leading anti-doping agencies have come together to demand Russia be banned" from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and to warn the IOC that it "must stop paying lip service to the fight against doping," according to Sean Ingle of the London GUARDIAN. In "strongly worded comments after a mee...

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Russia To Launch Free-To-Air Channel

Nationwide Russian 24/7 universally-accessible sports TV channel Match TV will go on air on Sunday. The channel represents a new format in the Russian TV market. At the channel launch, Gazprom Media Holding Dir General Dmitry Chernyshenko and Match TV General Producer Tina Kandelaki spoke on the phi ...

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KHL Looks To Far East For Expansion

Chinese, Korean and Japanese teams could join the Kontinental Hockey League, but the timeframe is yet to be figured out. "During a visit of a KHL delegation to the Chinese People's Republic earlier this month, the first meeting of a Russian-Chinese working group for cooperation in the area of ice ho ...

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Russian TV Channels Could Take Bets

Russia is considering allowing sports TV channels to take bets on matches in a move that would become a game changer for the local betting industry. Russian news agency Interfax quoted Natalya Parshikova, deputy sports minister, as saying that "the issue of allowing organizations that own TV rights ...

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MTG Sells Russian, Int'l Channels

Modern Times Group "completed the sale of its Russian and international pay TV channel businesses" for a total of $45.5M, according to DIGITAL TV EUROPE. Russian company LLC Sinerdzhi "acquired the Russian channels business" while Sabiero Holdings Ltd., a subsidiary of private equity firm Baring Vos ...

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Russia Agrees On World Cup Stadium Cost

Russia's Ministry of Sports agreed on the cost of construction for the Kaliningrad stadium, "one of the last to start building," according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. According to the Deputy PM of the Kaliningrad region, Russia's Ministry of Sports agreed on the cost of construc ...

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Russian Billionaire To Invest In eSports

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov's company USM Holdings said that it will invest as much as $100M "into a site which organizes and broadcasts video game competitions," according to the AP. Russia is "a leading country in competitive video games, known as e-sports," which can command a large ...

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Spartak Moscow Builds New Training Base

Spartak Moscow, already playing in a new stadium (the Otkritie Arena) that has been built for 2018 FIFA World Cup, "is to also get a new training base in Tushine" at a cost of 1B rubles ($16M), according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The 2,500 square meter new base "will have three fie ...

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Russia Wants More Auto Racing

Russia's flagship auto racing track has revealed that it is "looking to attract additional major int'l motorsport series after Formula One has put it on the map," according to Christian Sylt for FORBES. Russian GP Deputy General Dir Sergey Vorobyev said, "We would like to hold other international ra ...

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Russian Railways Targeted For Lokomotiv Asset

Russia’s anti-monopoly agency (FAS) has demanded that state-run railways operator Russian Railways get rid of FC Lokomotiv, as the asset is not related to its core business and the company collects subsidies from the state budget. "One thing is clear: if a company applies for subsidies from th ...

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Ukrainian Club Set To Pull Out Of League

Ukrainian Premier League football club Metalurg Zaporizhye is on the verge of pulling out of the competition and the management is ready to give the club up for free to any investor who would agree to foot the squad's bill. "The club could be given to a potential investor on any demanded conditions, ...

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