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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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Tags: International Football, Europe, United Kingdom

Man Who Rescued Celtic Buys Rocks

Glasgow businessman David Low has "become part-owner" of the British Basketball League team Glasgow Rocks, according to Hugh Macdonald of the HERALD SCOTLAND. Low, who "drew up the share-buying strategy" that allowed Canadian businessman Fergus McCann to take over Celtic in '94, has signed contracts ...

Tags: Franchises, United Kingdom

FA Launches Player Code Of Conduct

The FA has drawn up "a tough new code of conduct" for English players that will leave them "under no illusions" about the penalties for misbehavior off the pitch, according to Gibson & Fifield of the London GUARDIAN. The announcement comes following "damaging cases" involving players John Terry ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, United Kingdom

Club 9 Sports CEO Sparks Rangers Fury

Scottish Third Division Rangers Chair Malcolm Murray insisted that "his regime’s plan to restore financial fortunes at Ibrox is on course, despite warnings from an advisor to a rival bid to buy the club from administrators," according to Gavin McCafferty of the SCOTSMAN. U.S.-based advising co ...

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Singapore's SingTel Wins EPL Rights

Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. has secured the broadcast rights to all 380 Premier League matches each year for seasons '13-14 through '15-16 in Singapore. These rights were acquired on a non-exclusive basis. The matches will continue to be available online on miostadium.com and on mobile via Sin ...

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Cheltenham Presses On With New Stand

The capacity of the Cheltenham race course "will approach the 80,000 that can be accommodated by Ascot following the long-awaited construction of a third new grandstand," according to Greg Wood of the London GUARDIAN. Work on the development could start within 18 months, which would mean that "the 2 ...

Tags: Facilities, United Kingdom

Newcastle's Wonga Deal Under Fire

Premier League side Newcastle United’s announcement that it has agreed to a four-year sponsorship deal with loan company Wonga.com, unleashed "a wave of criticism," according to Chris Tighe of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The deal, rumored to be worth £20M ($32M) over four years would be "the bi ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

Olympics Slow Top London Tourist Spots

London’s prime tourist attractions "suffered a sharp drop in visitor numbers" over the summer after a rainy start to the season was compounded by the disruption of the Olympics, according to James Pickford of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey wer ...

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Nottinghamshire Sports To Get Funding

Sports clubs and organizations in Nottinghamshire "are set to be given £1M ($1.6M) to help capitalise on the popularity of the Olympics and Paralympics," according to the BBC. Nottinghamshire County Council said that "the fund would support sports development across the county." It has also pr ...

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Leicester Upset With World Cup Snub

Organizers of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England have been accused of squandering the opportunity "to battle for the heart and soul" of supporters after axing Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road from the list of potential venues for the tournament, according to Gavin Mairs of the London TELEGRAPH. ...

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