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In Grip Of Youth Movement, FIA Looks To Makes F1 Cars Harder To Drive

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 30 / 14

The FIA is "examining ways of making F1 cars harder to drive," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. As 17-year-old Max Verstappen prepares to make his F1 debut in Friday's free practice ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, the racing organization is afraid his appearance "will underline fearsw...

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Charities Angry At 2012 London Budget

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McIlroy Settles Dispute With Oakley

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

Rangers Director Sees Stability Ahead

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Leeds Carnegie To Join BBL

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U.K. Clubs Eye Female Participation

Football clubs "are aiming to get 40,000 more women and girls playing the sport" with a new £2.4M ($3.9M) grassroots scheme, according to the BBC. Season-long coaching sessions "will be aimed at 14-25-year-olds." The FA and Sport England "are joining forces with the Premier League and the Foo ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

BT, Murdoch Papers Win Clip Rights

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Tags: Media, United Kingdom

Olympic Stadium Funding Revealed

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Money Distribution Makes EPL Competitive

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Laxey Is Largest Rangers Shareholder

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