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Sky Sports Surrenders La Liga Rights To BT Sport After Spending £11M For Each EPL Game

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 03 / 15

A further sign that Sky Sports "massively overspent" in paying £11M a match for its Premier League coverage is the fact it "ceded the Spanish football contract to arch-rivals BT Sport without a fight," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Sky "made a far bigger first-round offer...

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Residents Back Anfield Regeneration

A survey revealed that more than 80% of people living and working in the Anfield area of Liverpool "are backing plans" for a £260M ($405M) regeneration, according to the BBC. About 1,700 people "were asked for their opinions on proposals which were unveiled in June." They involved new ho ...

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UK Athletics Switches To Nike

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Copenhagen Denying Non-Danes Tickets

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Cardiff Adds 'Unique' Stadium Features

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Recipe For Yankees-Man City Partnership

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CNBC Announces Partnership With Saracens

CNBC has become the official broadcast partner of Premiership rugby club Saracens. The global partnership, announced Wednesday, sees the business and financial news network unite with one of Europe's leading rugby clubs. The CNBC brand will appear on Saracens playing jerseys, with the netw ...

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Rangers To Announce Boardroom Moves

A truce "is expected to be called in the civil war for control" of Scottish League 1 Rangers, according to Scott McDermott of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. An announcement is expected before the weekend which will see former Dir Paul Murray and PricewaterhouseCoopers CEO Frank Blin "appointed ...

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FIFA: Transfers Up 29% From Last Year

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BBC's Transfer Deadline Ratings Up

BBC Sport's online coverage of transfer deadline day was followed by 9.4 million browsers worldwide, "the highest outside of the London Olympics," according to the BBC. Over 6.4 million users were from the U.K., while the 3 million global figure "was also a record." A special 22 ...

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