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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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Barça, Nokia India Team Up

FC Barcelona and Nokia India signed an agreement in New Delhi announcing the company will become the club’s regional partner in India. Nokia India has thus become the first company in the country to be associated with the club in this manner. As part of the new agreement, Nokia India presented ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom, India

AG Barr Joins Commonwealth Games

Scottish carbonated soft drink Irn-Bru makers AG Barr has been "unveiled as the latest sponsor" of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The soft drinks company's links with Glasgow "date back more than 100 years." It will support the Games through a range of b ...

Tags: United Kingdom, Marketing and Sponsorship

Fees Threaten Sky India Series Coverage

Sky TV's full coverage of England cricket's tour of India "is under threat because of a late demand from the Indian cricket board for fees thought to total upward of £500,000 ($800,000)" for the broadcaster's commentary team to operate within the stadiums, according to Simon Wilde of the SUNDA ...

Tags: Media, United Kingdom, India

Rio Faces $350K Fine For Protest

ManU player RIO FERDINAND 's decision to refuse to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt prior to his club's 4-2 win at home to Stoke City FC on Saturday "could be a costly one with reports suggesting he will be fined £220,000 ($352,000) for the symbolic gesture," according to EUROSPORT. While Ferdinand ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, United Kingdom

BBC Sports Personality Show Revamped

The BBC has "radically overhauled the voting system" for the Sports Personality of the Year award following last year's controversy about the all-male shortlist, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. The victor will "still be decided by the voting public," but it has abandoned the practic ...

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Football Tourism Booming In U.K.

A study has revealed that nearly a million overseas visitors traveled to the U.K. last year to watch football matches, making Great Britain "a leading sports tourism destination," according to Mark Townsend of the London GUARDIAN. Despite the high ticket prices and the problems of violence and racis ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

McIlroy Could Join Nike In '13

Rory McIlroy "could be in line to sign a massive deal with Nike when his current contract with Titleist/Footjoy expires at the end of the year," according to the IRISH TIMES. Such a deal "could be worth up to $250M over 10 years, which is similar to Tiger Woods’ current deal with Nike." McIlro ...

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Stadium Rights Deal A Steal For Wonga

EPL Newcastle United's controversial new sponsor Wonga "is paying the club £1.5M ($2.4M) a year for the naming rights to St. James’ Park," which is less than half the valuation estimated by sports marketing experts, according to Alex Miller of the London DAILY MAIL. It has been revealed ...

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MP Calls For Examption For Welford Road

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth "has called for the Int'l Rugby Board to clarify its regulations regarding pitch sizes for the 2015 World Cup after branding the decision to omit Welford Road from the list of potential venues as 'ridiculous' in the House of Commons," according to Gavin Mairs of the L ...

Tags: Facilities, United Kingdom

Scottish Football Could Sack Levein

Scotland's search for a sixth permanent int'l manager in a decade is "expected to begin within a fortnight," with national team Manager Craig Levein "set to pay the price for the country's disastrous start" to its World Cup qualifying campaign, according to Ewan Murray of the London GUARDIAN. Public ...

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