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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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Sky Sports Blocks BT With Rugby Deal

England rugby fans "looking for payback" after being knocked out of the World Cup by Australia "will be able to see the teams’ first re-match on Sky Sports , after the satellite broadcaster secured a new five-year deal that includes England’s next three tours down under," according to M ...

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The Open To Return To Northern Ireland

Royal Portrush Golf Club will host the 2019 Open Championship, with the event "returning to the Northern Ireland venue for the first time in 68 years," according to the BBC. The organizer, Royal & Ancient, said last year that Royal Portrush "would host the event, and on Tuesday it confirmed" Jul ...

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RFU Unveils Make-Up Of Review Panel

Rugby Football Union CEO Ian Ritchie stood "accused of a potential whitewash" of England’s failed Rugby World Cup campaign after "he revealed a five-man review panel that features only one independent figure," according to Alex Lowe of the LONDON TIMES. 2003 World Cup-winner and The Time ...

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England To Play Away From Wembley

England fans will not have to travel to London to watch home friendlies next season "after it was revealed that Roy Hodgson's side will play away from Wembley in preparation for Euro 2016," according to Luke Augustus of the London DAILY MAIL. FA CEO Martin Glenn confirmed that the governing body pla ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

ITV Could Challenge Channel 4

Channel 4 "could face strong opposition from ITV" to retain its horse racing coverage, which has been the subject of much criticism over the last three years, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. A new, four-year terrestrial deal starting in '17 is expected to be completed by Christma ...

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Agent Disappointed With Media Coverage

It was "very disappointing" of the media to drag Mo Farah into a "sensationalized" drugs scandal which engulfed the world and Olympic champion’s coach Alberto Salazar earlier this year, according to Farah’s agent, Ricky Simms. Simms said, “It was very disappointing that certain sec ...

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FA Withdraws Support For Platini

The FA has suspended its support for UEFA President Michel Platini's candidacy for the FIFA presidency, according to Martyn Ziegler of the PA. The move follows a UEFA meeting on Thursday where FA officials were given further information surrounding a £1.35M payment to Platini in '11 from ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

Caterpillar UK Ends Deal With Tigers

Caterpillar UK is ending its sponsorship with Premiership rugby side Leicester Tigers, according to LEICESTER MERCURY. The construction firm announced on Friday that it "would not be renewing its sponsorship deal with the club next year, as part of plans to cut costs." Caterpillar will mai ...

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ECB Chief Calls For Olympic Inclusion

England & Wales Cricket Board Chair Colin Graves has "insisted cricket should be part of the Olympics, opening the way for the sport's possible inclusion" in the 2024 Games, according to Lawrence Booth of the London DAILY MAIL. Graves's predecessor, Giles Clarke, "always resisted the move, ...

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Hangin' With ... Gareth Capon

GARETH CAPON is the CEO of Grabyo. The company, which launched in '13, calls itself the leader in real-time video. Grabyo works with broadcasters and rights holders to capitalize on the commercial opportunities in sharing live TV across web, social and mobile. Over the past two years, the company ...

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