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Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 30 / 15

The Aspire Group Director of Australian Operations BEN PINCUS is managing a collaborative initiative with the National Rugby League that recently opened the first centralized Fan Relationship Management Center devoted exclusively to outbound sales calls in the history of the NRL. Pincus's team of ...

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Sochi Investors Seek Government Help

The Russian government is looking at ways to provide support for Sochi investors to avoid defaults on bank loans. The move is expected amidst fears that venues for the 2014 Sochi Olympics may not be completed properly and on time or could be abandoned after the Olympics are over. Later this month, t ...

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Russia To Take Torch On Space Walk

Two Russian cosmonauts "will take the Olympic torch on its first space walk this week in a spectacular showcase" for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to Alissa de Carbonnel of REUTERS. For safety reasons, "the torch will not be lit." That "may be a relief for Russia," as the flame has gone out man ...

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Brands Opting Out Of Super Bowl Ads

Combined with the start of the 17-day-long 2014 Sochi Olympics, some big brands like Subway "are choosing to opt out of the biggest night in TV" -- the Super Bowl, according to Richard Feloni of the NATIONAL POST. Subway CMO Tony Pace told Ad Age, "You can make an argument that the total cumulative ...

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Russia Opens Olympic Power Station

Russia was due to unveil a new $309M power station Tuesday to "guarantee electricity supplies" for the 2014 Sochi Olympics just as athletes training for the event "complained of blackouts," according to RIA NOVOSTI. Int'l athletes currently participating in preliminary training sessions at the speci ...

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Russia Struggles To Keep Torch Burning

The Olympic torch has been to the North Pole and traveled thousands of kilometers "on the relay that will end at the Sochi Winter Games in Russia in February," according to Ian Bateson of REUTERS. The problem is "the flame keeps going out." The longest torch relay in Olympic history "has b ...

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Olympic Notes

Russian police detained, harassed, and "threatened to imprison" two journalists from a Norwegian TV station who were "on a reporting trip to Sochi." Over the course of three days, Oystein Bogen and Aage Aunes, reporter and cameraman, respectively, of Norway's TV2, "were stopped by police six times." ...

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Putin Approves Anti-Terrorism Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin "has signed off on tougher anti-terrorism laws" ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics that "could oblige relatives to pay for any damage caused by militants fighting a separatist campaign in southern Russia," according to Gabriela Baczynska of REUTERS. The new law, which ...

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Man City's Pellegrini Warns Russian Fans

Man City Manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned CSKA Moscow fans "against repeating their racist abuse of City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday," according to Ben Smith of the BBC. The sides meet again in the Champions League two weeks after Toure was targeted during Man City's 2-1 win, "leading to UE ...

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New Benefactor For Russian Football

Russia’s second-largest natural gas producer, Novatek, has signed an agreement to become the new sponsor of the Russian Football Union (RFS). Novatek Chair Leonid Mikhelson said, “Football is certainly the most beloved sport in our country.” Novatek is a privately-owned upstart riv ...

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Environmental Concerns Hit Sochi

As a centerpiece of its Olympic bid, Russia trumpeted a "Zero Waste" program that promised the cleanest Games ever, saying that it "would refrain from dumping construction waste and rely on reusable materials," according to the AP. But on a visit last week to Akhshtyr, just north of Sochi, the AP fo ...

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