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Hangin' With... Rugby Football Union Chief Commercial Officer Sophie Goldschmidt

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 21 / 14

SOPHIE GOLDSCHMIDT is the chief commercial officer for the Rugby Football Union. She began her career with adidas, working as the brand’s tennis and women’s soccer sports marketing manager before holding roles at the WTA and the NBA. While at the NBA, she was instrumental in bringing ...

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Tags: Facilities, Brazil

03/26/14
Porto Alegre Warns Of World Cup Funding

The mayor of the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre "has warned the city may drop out of the World Cup unless it makes a crucial decision this week on financing for temporary structures at the Beira Rio stadium," according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. Mayor Jose Fortunati "encouraged the city council to ...

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03/26/14
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Tags: Finance, South America

03/26/14
Brazil Still Using Sex To Sell Football

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Brazil

03/25/14
Mediapro Eyes Latin American F1 Channel

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03/25/14
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03/24/14
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FIFA performed an "embarrassing U-turn on Saturday and apologized, saying it had withdrawn publicity material for the World Cup in Brazil that poked fun at local customs," according to the AFP. FIFA removed material which "depicted Brazilians as unpunctual, impatient and even chaotic." Having "regul ...

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FIFA said on Friday that a financial impasse that has threatened to cause more delays at Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium "has been resolved," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Itaquerao stadium, "being built by the Corinthians club, is due to open on April 15, nearly four months after the De ...

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