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Labour Party Floats Levy On EPL TV Rights To Support Grassroots Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 14

Britain's Labour Party has accused Premier League clubs of "not contributing enough to grassroots football and suggested that they may be compelled to pay a levy on revenue from television rights," according to Pickard & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman "is a...

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Sochi 2014 Exempt From Anti-Gay Law

The IOC said that it has received assurances from Russia's government that athletes and spectators at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi "will be exempt from a controversial law banning anything deemed to promote homosexuality," according to the MOSCOW TIMES. Since it was signed into law by P ...

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Saxo-Tinkoff Ends Bank Sponsorship

Riis Cycling said in a statement on Thursday that cycling team Saxo-Tinkoff Owner Bjarne Riis has "ended negotiations to extend a sponsorship deal with Russia's Tinkoff Bank," according to Philip O'Connor of REUTERS. Riis's team finished the 2013 Tour de France at the top of the team classification, ...

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Putin Signs Anti-Hooligan Bill Into Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin "signed into law Tuesday legislation that would ban convicted hooligans from sports events for at least six months and up to seven years," according to R-SPORT. The so-called Fan Law, which is aimed squarely at keeping the 2018 World Cup in Russia safe from hooligans ...

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Sochi Medals To Include Meteorite Pieces

Russian officials said Wednesday that some Gold Medal winners at the Sochi Winter Olympics "are set to be rewarded for their out-of-this-world performances with extra medals embedded with meteorite fragments," according to R-SPORT. The special medals "are on offer to athletes who win their events" o ...

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Kazan Mayor To Hold Opinion Poll On Olympics Bid

Mayor Ilsur Metshin of Kazan, the Russian city hosting the World University Games, "vowed Wednesday to hold a city-wide opinion poll on whether a bid should be made for the 2024 Olympics," according to R-SPORT. The idea was put forward by Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhuko ...

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Russia Issues Search Warrant For Official

The Russian Interior Ministry said that it is preparing a search warrant for the former deputy head of a construction company "suspected in funds embezzlement during works on Winter Olympics venues in Sochi," according to XINHUA. The ministry's press service said, "The ministry's Investigative Depar ...

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Unified Championship Won't Appear Before '15

Unified Championship Organizing Committee Dir Valery Gazzaev said on Wednesday that the proposed league "uniting the Russian and Ukrainian football leagues will appear no earlier" than the '15-16 season, according to R-SPORT. The proposed merger "would see 80 clubs from the ex-Soviet neighbors combi ...

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Russian Proposal To Ban Foreign Help

Russia’s Federation Council has drafted a law that will prohibit foreign nationals from working at large-scale int'l events in Russia, according to RAPSI. Kurgan Region Upper House member Sergei Lisovsky "believes only Russian nationals should be allowed to work at large competitions," with fo ...

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Sochi Games To Get 37,000 Police

Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said Friday that 37,000 police officers "had been deployed" to protect the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to the MOSCOW TIMES. Kolokoltsev was "repeating official assurances to make the Olympics safe despite the threat of an Islamist insurgency in the r ...

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Russian Islamist Calls For Olympic Attack

The leader of Russia's Islamist movement "has lifted a moratorium on attacks inside Russia and called on his rebels to disrupt the upcoming Winter Olympics in the southern city of Sochi," according to Miriam Elder of the London GUARDIAN. In a video dated in June, Russian Islamist Doku Umarov said hi ...

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