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European Champions Cup Expected To Have Commercial, Broadcast Deals Done By Sept.

04 / 17 / 14

The architects of the new European Champions Cup rugby tournament "expect to have all commercial and broadcasting deals nailed down by September at the latest," according to Chris Hewett of the London INDEPENDENT. Only then will those "mourning the passing of the Heineken Cup understand why the uphe...

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SPL Celtic Facing Scheduling Conflict

Scottish Premier League club Celtic is "facing a fixture congestions headache" after the man in charge of arranging SPL fixtures said rearranging the club’s domestic fixtures could lead to a "nightmare," according to the SCOTSMAN. Celtic, which qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

Salford Rescue Package Thrown Out

Town hall bosses have rejected a £750,000 ($1.2M) rescue package for English Rugby League club Salford City Reds, according to Jennifer Williams of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Salford council bosses -- together with Peel Holdings -- had planned to "throw a financial lifeline to the ailing clu ...

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UK Sport To Pump Money Into Olympics

Funding agency UK Sport revealed Britain will "pump money into its most-successful Olympic sports" in a bid to match its London 2012 medal haul at the Rio de Janeiro Games, according to Martyn Herman of REUTERS. UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl said, "Investment will be targeted where it has the greatest ch ...

Tags: Olympics, United Kingdom

Companies Fined For Olympic Ticket Scam

A ticket to the men's 100m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games was "illegally onsold four times, making quick profits for three different companies at each stage," according to Jacquelin Magnay of the London TELEGRAPH. What started as a top grade £1,600 ($2,576) ticket for Usain Bolt's race ...

Tags: United Kingdom, Olympics

Some Football Clubs Back Standing

Thirteen English league clubs "support re-introducing standing at football grounds," according to the BBC. The Football Supporters' Federation is "hoping to win the backing" of MPs for its plan for a small-scale trial with Premier League clubs. The Premier League has released a statement opposing th ...

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PFA Chief Calls For Netting Around Pitch

Professional Footballers' Association CEO Gordon Taylor believes that "it is time to consider the introduction of crowd control netting into football stadiums" after ManU player Rio Ferdinand was left bleeding from a head wound while celebrating his side's win over Man City Sunday, according to Sher ...

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EPL Rights In France Up For Bidding

The Premier League has put the media rights to the EPL in France up for bidding, according to Etienne Moatti of L'EQUIPE. The league contacted the broadcasters on Monday and made them aware that they had until Jan. 22 to send their bids for the rights to the EPL over the next three seasons. Currentl ...

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ManU Confirms Australian Preseason Trip

ManU has confirmed that it "will travel to Sydney next summer to play the Australian A-League All Stars," 14 years after its last trip Down Under, according to Emily Benammar of the London TELEGRAPH. The last time ManU traveled to Australia, Manager Alex Ferguson "left the likes of David Beckham, Pa ...

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New Cycling Series Moves Forward

Billionaire Czech businessman Zdenek Bakala's project of “creative destruction” for the reform of professional cycling "moved a step closer to reality in Brussels" on Monday, according to Jeremy Whittle of the LONDON TIMES. "Eight of the world’s leading teams, including Omega Pharm ...

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Romanov Says Hearts Will Not Die

Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian Owner Vladimir Romanov insists that he will not "let the club die on his watch," according to Scott McDermott of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The "controversial Lithuanian" also took a shot at U.K. tax authority HMRC and accused it of being "too aggress ...

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