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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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Ticketing Scams Put Fans At Risk

A Lord's Ashes Test, an Open at St. Andrews and Britain reaching its first Davis Cup semifinal for 34 years: tickets for all three were "golden," with tens of thousands of "hungry spectators clamouring to be a part of the action," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. To succeed, "many of ...

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Bang & Olufsen, Women's Cricket Partner

The England Women’s Ashes team announced a partnership with electronics company Bang & Olufsen. Bang & Olufsen supplied personalized sets of H6 headphones to all members of the 22-strong England women’s performance program. The new deal makes Bang & Olufsen an official suppli ...

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King Eyes New Sports Direct Deal

Scottish Championship side Rangers Chair Dave King said that "he intends to meet with Sports Direct in an attempt to negotiate a new retail deal for the club," according to SKY SPORTS. Sports Direct, which is owned by Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley, has a 75% share of the club's retail income "b ...

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Sky Sports Wins EPL Video Clip Rights

Sky Sports won the rights to show clips from every Premier League game across its digital platforms. The three-year agreement, starting from the '16-17 season, will see clips from every Premier League match being made available to both mobile and online users, with packages that will include in-matc ...

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Lotus Continues To Pay Off Creditors

The Lotus F1 team "is continuing to make strides to settle its debts with a number of creditors after being faced with a winding-up petition in the High Court," according to Ian Parkes of AUTOSPORT. Following a two-week adjournment, the name of Lotus F1 Team Ltd. "was again on the Companies Court Wi ...

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EPL CEO Talks Importance Of Asia

Arsenal won Saturday's Barclays Asia Trophy final in front of 52,107 spectators, according to Abilash Nalapat of ESPN. This week it will be Liverpool's turn to "woo possibly an even bigger crowd." But "where does that leave unfashionable Stoke City?" The club received "very little local support" d ...

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BBC Apologizes For Alliss Sexism Row

The BBC has issued an apology after veteran golf commentator Peter Alliss "provoked another sexism storm with his second on-air gaffe within 24 hours" at the Open at St. Andrews, according to the London TELEGRAPH. Alliss, 84, "had already sent social media alight on Sunday night with his comment abo ...

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England Women's Player To Cash In

England’s women footballers could be in receipt of lucrative endorsement offers on the back of their successful World Cup exploits, according to the FA’s director of women’s football. England’s football team finished third in the World Cup held in Canada, an achievement which ...

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EPL To Veto Tottenham, Chelsea Moves

The EPL "will block any attempt by Tottenham to use Wembley and Milton Keynes while White Hart Lane is being redeveloped," according to Tim Rich of the London INDEPENDENT. It "would also prevent Chelsea using Wembley during the three years it will take Stamford Bridge to be turned into what the Prem ...

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Coca-Cola Kicks Off RWC Sponsorship

Coca-Cola has kicked off its sponsorship of the Rugby World Cup, which will see the brand "lead activity" with Coke Zero, "the first time it has ever led a sports deal with a no sugar drink," according to Sara Spary of MARKETING MAGAZINE. In line with Coca-Cola's "one brand strategy," all cola varia ...

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