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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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London Irish, O'Neills Sign Deal

Premiership rugby side London Irish has agreed to a five-year kit deal with Irish sportswear manufacturer O'Neills to provide playing and replica kits at all levels. O'Neills will also launch a new online store and develop an int'l third party retailer. The club will also revert back to its traditio ...

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Man City Ready To Fight FFP Sanctions

Tensions "are rising" between Man City and UEFA after the club "rejected proposed sanctions including a huge fine and a reduction to the size of their Champions League squad," according to Oliver Kay of the LONDON TIMES. UEFA has proposed that Man City, along with Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain and a han ...

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EPL Clubs Face Losses From Gambling

Premier League clubs face the loss of up to £90M ($152M) of income "because of a clampdown by the gambling regulator on online betting operators that use the league’s international popularity to promote their websites to Asian audiences," according to Roger Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. ...

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No Fan Segregation At Rugby World Cup

Tournament organizers confirmed that supporters "will not face segregation" at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, according to the PA. England Rugby 2015 CEO Debbie Jevans said, "To be absolutely clear: we have no plans to segregate fans. The beauty of what we're doing is that we don't have to worry about se ...

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BT To Halt Interviews Outside Grounds

BT Sport "has been forced to abandon post-match interviews outside football grounds after a live broadcast was repeatedly interrupted by foul language from chanting Arsenal fans," according to John Plunkett of the London GUARDIAN. Presenter Jake Humphrey "had to apologise to viewers" after eight cle ...

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FA To Consider Competition For B Teams

A new competition for B teams of Premier League and Championship clubs "will be considered by the Football Association on Wednesday," according to David Bond of the BBC. One proposal "is for these second teams to play in a league sandwiched between League Two and the Conference." Another option is " ...

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Former British No. 1 Loses Cancer Fight

Former British tennis player ELENA BALTACHA "died of liver cancer at the age of 30" early Sunday morning, according to the LONDON TIMES. Baltacha "had the illness diagnosed in January," just two months after retiring from tennis and only weeks after she married long-time coach NINO SEVERINO . In ...

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Man City Yet To Settle With UEFA

Man City is "still a long way off agreeing a settlement" with UEFA over sanctions for breaking Financial Fair Play rules, according to the PA. The club has until the end of the week to "agree to the sanctions or face the case being handed to a panel for a non-negotiable decision." Man City is one of ...

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Anniversary Games Changes Venue

The Anniversary Games will take the form of a "street athletics" event and be staged at Horse Guards Parade Ground and The Mall "in the centre of London" on July 20, according to the PA. British Athletics announced that pole vault, long jump and shot put competitions will be staged, "as well as trac ...

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West Ham Owner's Loan To Crime Boss

EPL side West Ham co-Owner DAVID SULLIVAN made a £1M ($1.7M) loan to a company controlled by DAVID HUNT -- three months after a High Court judge named Hunt "as the head of an organised crime network," according to Carl Fellstrom of the London INDEPENDENT. A company owned by Sullivan "lent ...

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