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Michelin Says Tires Used In Formula E Could Hit Roads In Three To Five Years

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 01 / 15

Michelin’s involvement in Formula E is accelerating the implementation of new developments in road tires, according to a senior exec at the company. The technological aspect is one of three pillars Michelin looks at when entering a motorsports series, said Chris Baker, motorsports director at...

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Glasgow 2014 Tickets Still Available

Britain "was welcoming the world back this week," according to the AP. Across 11 days, 4,500 athletes "would be competing in 17 events as the 20th Commonwealth Games was broadcast for the first time to television audiences in all 71 competing nations and territories." How "full the venues would be o ...

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Sky Sports To Launch Ryder Cup Channel

Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to The 2014 Ryder Cup, offering two weeks of non-stop golf, including exclusively live coverage of the tournament. Sky Sports 4 will become "Sky Sports Ryder Cup" and will show more than 330 hours of golf across 14 days, including 36 hours of live coverage ...

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Sponsors Congratulate Rory McIlroy

Nike, Omega and Bose were among the brands to congratulate Rory McIlroy on winning the Open Championship on Sunday, according to Maisie McCabe of MARKETING MAGAZINE. Nike, which signed a $250M, 10-year deal with the golfer at the end of '12, tweeted an image of McIlroy. Where history is put on a ...

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BBC IPlayer Glitch Takes Down Top Shows

Some viewers were prevented from watching their favorite BBC shows online for more than 24 hours over the weekend, "when the corporation's popular iPlayer video-on-demand service was hit by a technical glitch," according to Jason Deans of the London GUARDIAN. Users of the iPlayer "took to Twitter to ...

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EPL Fans Pay As Clubs Hike Prices Again

More than half of Premier League clubs have hiked season-ticket prices -- "despite cashing in on the latest TV deal" worth £5.5B ($9.4B) over three years, according to Alex Miller of the London DAILY MAIL. The Football Supporters’ Federation is planning a march in protest and Chair Malco ...

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Doncaster Rovers Takeover Called Off

Former League One side Doncaster Rovers Chair John Ryan, who "was set to take over" the club with One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, "has said the deal is off," according to the BBC. A statement "purporting to be sent on behalf of the Tomlinson Ryan Trust" said the deal was "in serious doubt" bec ...

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EPL Spent $615M On Transfers So Far

Premier League "transfer spending this summer has risen" by £60M ($103M) from the same point last year, according to the BBC. The increase, to £360M ($615M) from £300M in July '13, "means this transfer window is likely to surpass the record" of £630M set last year, according ...

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BBC Staff Members Call Off Strike

BBC staff members "have called off strike action that could have disrupted coverage of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, after management tabled an improved pay offer," according to Mark Sweney of the London GUARDIAN. BBC members of the National Union of Journalists, media and entertainment u ...

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Battle Between Sky, BT Heats Up

The "first sign of a new season" is when BT and Sky Sports "start spending a fortune on adverts telling fans which matches they have secured in the opening round of the convoluted 'picks process' that dictates which of the two rival broadcasters will show each game," according to Owen Gibson of the ...

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ECB Faces Fine Over 'Poor' Pitch

English cricket authorities face the prospect of a A$16,000 ($15,000) "fine after the docile Trent Bridge pitch on which England and India played out a draw in last week's first Test was rated as 'poor' by match referee David Boon," according to the AFP. It is the first time a Test pitch in England ...

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