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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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IOC Warns Rio Of Stalled Preparations

Senior Olympic members have warned the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics organizers their Games "are so under-prepared the situation is now 'critical,'" according to Jacquelin Magnay of THE AUSTRALIAN. In a departure from the usual diplomatic language used within the Olympic movement, three senior IOC me ...

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Footballers To Take 'Fight' To CONMEBOL

Maradona, former Brazilian striker Romario and former Paraguayan fooballer José Luis Chilavert, "among other former South American football stars, on Wednesday attacked South American football governing body CONMEBOL, which they accused of 'robbery' after a meeting with team directors," acc ...

Tags: International Football, South America

No Longer Accredited Rio Lab Failed Test

The Rio de Janeiro doping control laboratory which had its accreditation revoked last month by the World Anti-Doping Agency in a "hugely embarrassing blow for Brazilian authorities" failed a "blind" quality assessment test, according to David Owen of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. WADA has never "revealed d ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, South America

AEG Facilities Opens Three New Venues

AEG Facilities successfully opened three stadiums on two continents. Joining AEG Facilities’ global roster of venues are two stadiums located in Brasil; Estádio Maracanã (Rio de Janeiro) and Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife) along with Stockholm, Sweden’s Tele2 Arena that ...

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Boca Juniors To Allow Ticket Transfers

Argentine first division side Boca Juniors has launched a program called "Abono solidario" ("Season tickets support") so that "there will never be an empty seat at the team's stadium, making it an intimidating atmosphere for opponents," according to OLE. The program "allows season-ticket holders who ...

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IOC Meetings Impacting Buenos Aires

The five interlocking rings of the Olympic logo "are dominating the scene in Buenos Aires," according to Hernán Sartori of CLARIN. It is "because the Olympic movement this week moved to Buenos Aires, where the 125th session of the IOC will choose the site of the 2020 Olympics from finalists M ...

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Brazil's Unrest No Concern For World Cup

Octagon Consulting Division Senior VP André Schunk told SBD Global that there was "a pretty big gap between perception and reality" when it came to the media’s coverage of the protests surrounding the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil. Despite great performances on the pitch, the e ...

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WADA Revokes Rio Lab Accreditation

The World Anti-Doping Agency "has revoked the accreditation of the Rio de Janeiro laboratory that would have handled testing for the 2016 Summer Games" for failing to comply with int'l standards, according to Steve Keating of REUTERS. WADA on Tuesday said that "the decision marks the secon ...

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Argentine 4th Division Footballer Dies

Argentine fourth division side Laferrere player Héctor Sanabria died Tuesday after "collapsing during the first half of a game against General Lamadrid," according to Luis Ampuero of REUTERS. Sanabria "was taken to the hospital and the match was called off." Laferrere coach Eduardo Các ...

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Legacy Fears Cloud Brazil World Cup

When Brazil was awarded the right to host the 2014 World Cup, the country's then Sports Minister "promised that not a penny of taxpayers' money would be spent on building and refurbishing stadiums," according to Andrew Downie of AL JAZEERA. However, with only half of the venues ready, "spending on t ...

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