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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: Olympics, United Kingdom, Europe

09/07/12
Paralympics Net $72M In Ticket Revenue

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Hamilton Considering Move To Mercedes

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Tags: People and Pop Culture, United Kingdom, Europe

09/07/12
Aramark Accused Of Wasting Food

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Tags: Olympics, United Kingdom

09/06/12
Ex-Jockey, Journalist Oaksey Dead At 83

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Rugby Lions Partner With Land Rover

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Australia, United Kingdom

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Sports Direct Gets Olympic Boost

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British & Irish Lions Eye Big Pay Day

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GB Paralympians To Profit Less

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