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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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Controversial Sochi Film Opens In Russia

The film "Putin's Games," which narrated the corruption behind the 2014 Sochi Olympics, screened "at two sold-out theater screenings and will air on television," according to Nick Holdsworth of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. A "controversial documentary about rampant corruption" behind the scenes of Russia ...

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Russia To Ease Visa Requirements

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that foreigners wishing to attend the 2014 Sochi Olympics "will have simplified visa procedures to negotiate," according to R-SPORT. Most foreigners need tourist visas to enter Russia, but those with Olympic tickets will be granted access to special "Olympic windows ...

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BBC To Show 200 Hours Of Sochi 2014

Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine and Jonathan Edwards will present 200 hours of action on the BBC from the 2014  Sochi Winter Olympics in February. Live action, interviews and highlights will be shown on TV, six online streams, mobile devices and connected TV during the 17 days of the Games. BBC Ra ...

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Olympic Protest Targets Sponsors, Putin

Gay rights activists "plan to defy" Russian President Vladimir Putin and "pressure Olympic sponsors" including Coca-Cola by getting athletes to protest a Russian ban on homosexual “propaganda” during the 2014 Sochi Olymipcs, according to Henry Meyer of BLOOMBERG. N.Y.-based Athlete Ally ...

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Locals Count Toxic Cost Of Sochi Games

As construction "continues at a feverish tilt in the scramble to finish venues" for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, so too are reports of dumping waste as authorities round up environmental activists who are revealing the cost of Russia's Winter Olympics, according to Alec Luhn of the London IND ...

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Paralympics To Get Record Coverage

The Int'l Paralympic Committee announced that the 2014 Sochi Paralympics are set to receive a record amount of viewers for a Winter Paralympics broadcast. The 2012 London Summer Paralympics attracted a cumulative TV audience of 3.8 billion in more than 115 countries. The IPC now expects to beat the ...

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Poor Field Conditions Plague Russia

In a season when top Russian teams have come under fire for racist and violent behavior by their fans, "another more consistent problem has dogged the schedule of Moscow’s top clubs: a severe lack of playable fields and overuse of the remaining pitches," according to Roth & Reevell of the& ...

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Russia Readies $612M Luzhniki Upgrade

The Russian government has put out a $612M tender "to reconstruct Moscow's iconic Luzhniki Stadium, the venue for the 2018 World Cup final," according to R-SPORT. Work has already begun "to rip out the seats at the hulking arena, which will be hollowed out and furnished with new stands." Only the ou ...

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"Real Sports" Examines Sochi Corruption

The 200th episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” premiered Tuesday night with a report on corruption and the $50B cost of the 2014 Sochi Games. Former Russia Deputy PM Boris Nemstov told reporter Bernard Goldberg of the $50B expense, “If you calculate the cost of p ...

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CSKA Moscow Owner To Buy Czech Club

Russian Premier League CSKA Moscow Owner Yevgeni Giner "is reportedly in talks" with Slavia Prague Owner Ales Rebicek "to buy the Czech football club," according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Local news site efotbal.cz reported that the negotiations were launched in September and " ...

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