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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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03/07/14
Olympic Notes

Russian national hockey team coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov "is leaving his job after the home team's disappointing quarterfinals exit at the Sochi Olympics." The Int'l Ice Hockey Federation said that Russia "is looking for a new coach before the world championship in May in Belarus" ( AP, 3/5 ). .. ...

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03/06/14
IPC: Games Will Break Viewing Records

The Int'l Paralympic Committee announced that the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games are set to break all viewing records, exceeding the cumulative global audience of 1.6 billion that tuned into watch the 2010 Vancouver Games. The IPC has confirmed that TV pictures will be broadcast to more than 55 ...

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03/04/14
U.K. Ministers To Boycott Paralympics

British PM David Cameron has announced that British government ministers "will be boycotting" the Sochi Paralympics, which open on Friday, "in the wake of the ongoing international crisis in Ukraine," according to Adam Withnall of the London INDEPENDENT. Writing on his official Twitter account, the ...

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03/04/14
Poll: Russians Praise Sochi Organization

The "overwhelming majority" of Russians stated that "they were pleased with how the Sochi Olympics were organized," according to R-SPORT. A poll was conducted by the state All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center on the last two days of the Feb. 7-23 Games, questioning 1,600 people from 130 cities ...

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02/28/14
Russia Sees No Wrong In Inhaling Xenon

A top Russian official said that the use of the gas xenon to improve the performance of athletes "is not banned and there would be 'nothing wrong' if Russian athletes were using it," according to the AFP. Germany’s WDR television this week and other reports this month "claimed that top Russian ...

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02/27/14
Ukrainian Club Faces Bankruptcy

One of Ukraine’s top football clubs, Metallist Kharkov, is on the verge of bankruptcy and, reportedly, the squad's owner disappeared along with several other entrepreneurs and state officials following the recent change of political regime in the country. Earlier this week, coach Miron Markevi ...

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02/27/14
ABC1 To Broadcast Sochi Paralympics

ABC TV has signed as Australia’s official broadcaster of the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, which begin March 7. It will be the third consecutive Paralympic Winter Games covered by the ABC. The agreement includes the online environment. Under the agreement, ABC TV will broadcast the Openi ...

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02/25/14
F1 CEO Plans Sochi Backdrop For Race

After the "five-ringed circus of the Winter Olympics packs up," the next big show in town will be F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone’s F1 "extravaganza," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. One reason Sochi’s vast Olympic Park has so many wide open spaces "is because that is where the tr ...

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02/24/14
YouTube Completes Sochi Streaming

YouTube has finished streaming the Olympics live in 17 countries across Central and South America and offering video-on-demand services in 75 additional countries. The effort was one of the largest YouTube has undertaken for a Winter Games, said Claude Ruibal, YouTube’s global head of sports c ...

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02/24/14
Bach: Sochi Games Proved Critics Wrong

IOC President Thomas Bach on Sunday said that the Sochi Winter Games "set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Bach said that "Russian government support and President Vladi ...

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