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U.K. Government Agrees To Cover Anticipated £30M Shortfall From National Lottery

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 09 / 16

A "rescue package" has been agreed to that will lead to Britain’s Olympic sports "being spared funding cuts in the run-up to Tokyo 2020," according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. The government has "agreed to cover an anticipated shortfall of National Lottery income" of more than &poun...

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BBC Trust Chair Bemoans Loss Of Live Sport

BBC Trust Chair Rona Fairhead said she is "sad" about the corporation’s dwindling sports coverage and admitted that the BBC "could well lose more sport rights over the next five years, when the broadcaster will need to save more than half a billion pounds as part of the new licence fee deal," ...

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Proposals Will Give Fans More Power

Football fans are to "receive a proper say in running and even rescuing their clubs following government proposals backed by the FA, Premier League and Football League," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. This will see "all clubs mandated to hold two meetings a year between their to ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

McLaren Engineers Skipped Holidays

More than 100 McLaren engineers "gave up Christmas to bring some joy to the beleaguered team that was the worst in Formula One last year," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. McLaren Operations Dir Simon Roberts disclosed that workers gave up their seasonal break to keep production for the ...

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Murray Rips Sport's Betting Sponsors

Andy Murray was "openly critical of game’s governing bodies who take gambling companies’ money with one hand while trying to hammer out corruption with the other," according to Barry Flatman of the LONDON TIMES. He said, "I think it’s a little bit hypocritical, really. I don&r ...

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Chelsea, Tottenham Could Share Wembley

Tottenham matched Chelsea’s offer to make Wembley its temporary home "in a bid that could result in the London rivals sharing the national stadium for one season," according to Matt Law of the London TELEGRAPH. Chelsea was "hopeful of securing exclusivity of Wembley while Stamford Bridge is re ...

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Oxford, Cambridge Boat Race Gains Funding

Cancer Research UK "was on Tuesday named title sponsor of the men’s and women’s Oxford and Cambridge rowing races to which BNY Mellon and Newton Investment Management have given their support in what organisers say is a first in joint sports funding," according to Simon Greaves of the FI ...

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Tour Of Britain Looking For New Sponsor

Tour of Britain organizers SweetSport are searching for a new title sponsor "after revealing that Aviva will withdraw its backing after the Women’s Tour in June," according to Stuart Clarke of CYCLING WEEKLY. The insurance company will bring a two-year association with the events to a close, " ...

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Coe Addresses Athletics Corruption

IAAF President Sebastian Coe said that "any corruption in the bidding process for the 2017 World Athletics Championships will be identified and dealt with," according to the BBC. London won the right to host the event but UK Athletics Chair Ed Warner said that "he was told that competitors Qatar wer ...

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Bolton Wanderers Get Stay Of Execution

Debt-ridden League Championship side Bolton Wanderers, a founding member of the English Football League in 1888, "were given a stay of execution on Monday after the High Court adjourned a hearing from the tax authorities who want the club wound-up," according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. Bolton, bott ...

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BBC In Negotiations To Stage FIFA Debate

Negotiations "are under way for the BBC to stage a live debate with candidates in the build-up to the FIFA presidential election on February 26," according to Andrew Warshaw of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. Last week, U.S. broadcaster ESPN "pulled the plug on a similar idea" scheduled for Jan. 29 because o ...

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