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Leicester City Sacks Manager Ranieri Just Nine Months After Miracle Title

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 02 / 24 / 17

EPL side Leicester City parted company with Manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday. Ranieri, appointed manager in July '15, led the club to the Premier League title last season. However, domestic results in the current campaign placed the club’s Premier League status under threat and the b...

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Tourists Flock To U.K. Thanks To EPL

Figures from VisitBritain released on Thursday reveal the increasing value to the economy of int'l visitors attending football matches in Britain. VisitBritain's research report, Football tourism scores for Britain, shows that the 800,000 int'l visitors to Britain last year who went to a football ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

RFU, Canterbury Extend Kit Partnership

The Rugby Football Union announced it has renewed its long-term partnership with Canterbury as official team kit partner. The four-year extension, which begins on Aug. 31 and runs until beyond the Rugby World Cup in '19, will see Canterbury continue to supply kit and training wear to the England sen ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

O2 Explains Animated RWC Ad

O2 has "departed from the usual aggressive style of rugby ads," with the heartfelt "Make them giants" campaign ahead of the Rugby World Cup, according to Shona Ghosh of MARKETING MAGAZINE. The idea is that support from fans "can help boost the England team during the tournament." The ad is ...

Tags: United Kingdom, Marketing and Sponsorship

MLS Eyes Tournament With EPL, FA Cup Winners

The Premier League champions and FA Cup winners "could take on their American counterparts in a biennial tournament in New York under a proposal made by Major League Soccer" on Tuesday, according to Oliver Kay of the LONDON TIMES. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said that "he has yet to discuss the i ...

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Coe Called Before Parliamentary Committee

IAAF President Sebastian Coe is to be called to parliament to be grilled about his claim that media investigations into widespread doping in athletics were a "declaration of war" on the sports, according to the PA. Coe "is to be called to the next culture, media and sport select committee hearing in ...

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Qataris Invest In Sheffield FC

Qatari money is coming to English football "for the first time," to a "tiny team playing seven divisions below the Premier League," according to Rob Harris of the AP. What Sheffield FC "lacks in glamor it makes up for in status." From Barcelona and ManU to amateur outfits worldwide, "every foot ...

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McCoist On Verge Of Settlement

Former Scottish Championship side Rangers Manager Ally McCoist "is set to agree a settlement" with Rangers Chair Dave King, according to Craig Swan of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. McCoist has "been on gardening leave since last December after tendering his resignation." McCoist "has been entitled to h ...

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NFL, BBC Agree To Super Bowl Deal

The BBC "will be showing the NFL this coming season with live coverage of all three London games and the Super Bowl," according to Tom Sheen of the London INDEPENDENT. Sky Sports had sole rights to the season -- it will show more than 100 live games this season -- but after Channel 4 opted against r ...

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Paralympian's Disability Ruled 'Psychological'

One of Britain’s "best hopes of a medal" at the Brazil Paralympics has been told she can no longer compete after being told her disability is “psychological” rather than physical, according to Dean Kirby of the London INDEPENDENT. Charlotte Wilkinson-Burnett, 23, who has been in a ...

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Millennium Stadium To Be Renamed

The Millennium Stadium will be renamed the Principality Stadium in a 10-year sponsorship deal with the Cardiff-based building society, according to the BBC. The new name for the 74,500-seat capacity stadium, the home of Welsh rugby, will be used beginning in January. It was built at a cost ...

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