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Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 26 / 14

The Greek Super League elected Asteras Tripolis President GIORGOS BOROVILOS as president on Monday "after he secured 13 votes out of the 16 teams in the league," with Panthrakikos President DIMITRIS TZELEPIS elected as his deputy ( REUTERS, 11/25 ). ... The NBA announced that JAN MENNEKEN h...

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05/20/14
FIFA Faces Legal Action Over Kickoff Times

Brazil football players association FENAPAF "is to launch legal action against FIFA in a bid to shift lunchtime kickoffs during the World Cup," according to XINHUA. FENAPAF said that "a request for a court injunction would be submitted in Sao Paulo on Monday." The action "demands that each of the to ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Brazil

05/19/14
Protests Ramp Up Ahead Of World Cup

A month before the start of the FIFA World Cup, "organized labor groups across Brazil have begun a series of strikes and other protests for higher pay and better working conditions," according to Vincent Bevins of the L.A. TIMES. Associations of police officers, teachers, transportation workers, pub ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Brazil

05/19/14
Failed WC Plans Leave Locals Wanting

When Brazil drafted plans to host the upcoming World Cup, Natal "was exactly the type of city it wanted to show off," according to Paulo Prada of REUTERS. A nationwide economic boom was transforming the once-sleepy backwater into a fast-growing city typical of the new Brazil, "a country at last pois ...

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05/19/14
Brazil Expects 500,000 Cup Tourists

Brazil "raised its estimate of the number of overseas ticket holders" for the World Cup by 66% to 500,000, according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. The figures, from Brazil Deputy Sports Minister Luis Fernandes, follow a "forecast of 300,000 given by Brazil’s tourism ministry last week." Fernand ...

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05/16/14
Brazilians Protest World Cup Spending

Cities across Brazil "braced for demonstrations on Thursday, as disparate protest movements seek to criticize spending" on the upcoming World Cup and revive a call for better public services that swept the country last June, according to Eisenhammer, Fonseca & Doce of REUTERS. Thursday's prote ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

05/16/14
ROCC Says Rio Should Host Olympics

Russian Olympic Committee Chair Alexander Zhukov said on Thursday that changing the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics "is practically impossible," according to RIA NOVOSTI. R-Sport was earlier told that "the venue may be moved to London because Rio de Janeiro is behind in preparing for the even ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia, Brazil

05/15/14
World Cup To Add $3B To Brazil Economy

Research findings by Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism revealed that an estimated 3.7 million people "are expected to travel throughout Brazil during the 2014 World Cup, according to Darren Heitner of FORBES. It is believed that the average foreign tourist will attend four World Cup matches" and sp ...

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05/15/14
Brazil Coach Accused Of Tax Evasion

Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup finals next month have been placed "further under a cloud" after Brazil Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari was "accused of tax evasion in Portugal," according to Keeley & Gardner of the LONDON TIMES. The Portuguese government confirmed on Wednesday that it ...

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05/14/14
Corruption Claims Mar World Cup Prep

The cost of building Brasilia's World Cup stadium "has nearly tripled" to $900M in public funds, largely due to "allegedly fraudulent billing," according to Bradley Brooks of the AP. The spike in costs "has made it the world's second-most expensive soccer arena, even though the city has no major pro ...

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05/14/14
NBC Deal Could Key Beijing's Olympic Bid

NBC's $7.75B deal to keep the Olympics through '32 may actually "end up having more of an influence on China," according to Mark Dreyer of the GLOBAL TIMES. With U.S. rights locked up for the next two decades, NBC's input "will become more powerful than ever before -- despite what the IOC might say ...

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