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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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U.K. Sees 31K Jobs Created By Olympics

Preliminary government figures revealed that more than 30,000 new jobs "were created last year on the back of the Olympics" as foreign investors poured more than £2.5B ($3.9B) into the U.K., according to Phillip Inman of the London GUARDIAN. British Trade & Investment Minister Stephen Keit ...

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Silverstone Receives $14M For F1 Center

The Heritage Lottery Fund announced Silverstone, the regular home of the British Grand Prix, is to get £9.1M ($14M) of lottery money "to help create a Formula 1 heritage centre," according to Mark Brown of the London GUARDIAN. The scheme at the Northamptonshire track "is one of six major ...

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Alex Ferguson Tributes Pour In

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Manchester United Shares Fall 5%

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ManU Announces Ferguson Retirement

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Man City To Install Wi-Fi At Etihad

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Twickenham To Host Int'l Rugby Sevens

A new club rugby tournament involving sides from around the world "is to be launched this summer" in a bid to capitalize on the sport's increasing global appeal, according to Robert Kitson of the London GUARDIAN. Super Rugby side Auckland Blues, the Western Province Stormers, the ACT Brumbies and t ...

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Badminton England Partners With Adidas

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Chelsea's Mourinho Talks Hit Snag

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ECB To Invest In Community Cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board will invest £96M ($149M) in community cricket in the next four years after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the ECB's recreational assembly. The MOU was agreed during a day of meetings at the Kia Oval, which culminated in the ECB's annual meetin ...

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