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Gaza Protestors Attack Israeli Premier League Side Maccabi Haifa In Austria

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 25 / 14

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli football players "at a friendly match in Austria on Wednesday evening, stopping play five minutes before the end," according to Georgina Prodhan of REUTERS. Salzburg police said on Thursday that around 20 people with flags and p...

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ProSport: Chelsea Engaging Fans Globally

FC Chelsea relies heavily on a customer relationship management system to engage fans globally, the club's Head of Digital Marketing and CRM Jerry Newman told delegates at the ProSport conference in Moscow on Thursday. As part of its digital marketing program, FC Chelsea collects data on its estimat ...

Tags: Franchises, Russia, United Kingdom

ProSport: RFPL Dives Into Pay-TV

Liga TV General Dir Ilya Hercus told the ProSport conference in Moscow on Thursday that Liga TV, the TV arm of the Russian Football Premier League, aims to turn its channel, Nash Futbol, into a flagship of the rapidly developing sports pay-TV market in Russia by '16. “The main strategic goal i ...

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Russian Sports Channel Stays Pay

Russia’s state-run TV company VGTRK has canceled plans to make its pay-TV channel Sport available free-to-air. VGTRK is withdrawing its application for a free-to-air license for Sport in digital terrestrial multiplex 2, which will be launched as part of Russia’s switch to digital TV ...

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NBA's Nets Looking To Expand Brand

With the NBA Brooklyn Nets being owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, and playing a regular-season game in London this season, the club "has sporting ambitions to become a prime NBA brand" in these new markets, according to Bill Wilson of the BBC. Nets CEO Brett Yormark said, "It is a pri ...

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Russian Government Looks To Save $389M

Russia's Audit Chamber said that the Russian government is "looking to save" up to $389M in the construction budget for 2018 World Cup arenas by "scrapping plans for commercial zones that would have helped them remain financially viable," according to RIA NOVOSTI. Audit Cham ...

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Russia Stadium To Be Finished By 2017

Refurbishing Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, the venue for the 2018 World Cup final, "will take three and a half years," according to R-SPORT. The "hulking and iconic arena" on the banks of the Moskva River closed after August's world athletics championships, and work is "to start in the new year as the ...

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Sochi Ceremonies Pose A Challenge

While dozens of nations will compete in the games for sporting glory, "the opening ceremonies will provide the host country an opportunity to showcase its own achievements," according to Ivan Nechepurenko of the MOSCOW TIMES. And just as the athletes will face off against one another, "Russia's ope ...

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Sochi's Olympic Stadium Still Unfinished

At first, Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium "was meant to resemble a giant snowflake," according to Ivan Nechepurenko of the MOSCOW TIMES. Then, the design "morphed into two parallel mounds of snow." But a roof had to be added for the Opening Ceremonies, "turning the stadium into something looking more ...

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Mutko: No Sign Of Sochi Boycott

Russia on Friday said that "it did not have confirmation of a single country boycotting next year's Sochi Winter Olympics despite a furore over an anti-gay law and vowed to hold one of the best Games ever," according to the AFP. Speaking to the Russian lower house of parliament, Sports Minister Vita ...

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Sochi '14 Corruption Concerns Remain

What does $51B "buy you in a Black Sea subtropical resort these days?" A "heap of trouble, if the preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are anything to go by," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. With 120 days to go until the opening ceremony, "around half that sum is alle ...

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