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In Grip Of Youth Movement, FIA Looks To Makes F1 Cars Harder To Drive

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 09 / 30 / 14

The FIA is "examining ways of making F1 cars harder to drive," according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. As 17-year-old Max Verstappen prepares to make his F1 debut in Friday's free practice ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, the racing organization is afraid his appearance "will underline fearsw...

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Only NFL Tops Bundesliga In Attendance

Sportingintelligence.com revealed that the German Bundesliga was only topped by the NFL as the best-attended professional sports league in the world. The NFL has increased its attendance levels from an average of 67,394 fans per regular season game in '11 to 67,591 in '12. The Bundesliga’s top ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, North America, Europe, United Kingdom

Swinton To Offer Funds To Help Salford

Championship rubgy side Swinton planned to donate a "substantial percentage" of the gate receipts from Sunday's friendly to "troubled" Super League side Salford City, according to the BBC. Salford City is "currently the subject of a winding-up petition, with a hearing set to take place on Monday." S ...

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McIlroy Could Sit Out 2016 Olympics

World No. 1 RORY MCILROY "may reject the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to avoid any controversy over which country to represent," according to Tom Pilcher of REUTERS. The 23-year-old said that he was "mulling whether to play for Britain or Ireland, and he told ...

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Everton Reports $14.8M Loss In '11-12

EPL Everton FC announced losses of £9.1M ($14.8M) for the '11-12 season, which were "worse than had been expected," according to Scott Rutherford of the LONDON TIMES. The club's wage bill "soared by more than £5M ($8M) to a record £63.4M ($103M)." With Manager David Moyes trying to keep Everton in Champions League qualification contention after taking 36 points from its first 21 games of the season, "the club’s latest financial figures illustrates how the manager is handicapped when it comes to strengthening his squad."

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First Artificial Rugby Pitch Ready To Go

Premiership rugby side Saracens FC hopes "to reap the benefits" of becoming "the first professional rugby union side to play on an artificial surface," according to the BBC. Saracens will soon move into the new £500,000 ($812,000) Allianz Park in the London borough of Barnet that features an a ...

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Olympic Stadium To Host Concerts

London's Olympic Stadium "will re-open this summer to host a number of music concerts," according to Sunni Upal of the London DAILY MAIL. Plans "are in place for some of the concerts that Hyde Park traditionally hosts to move to the other side of London in July although final contracts are still to ...

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ITV Forces Bookmaker To Cut Savage Ad

BBC pundit Robbie Savage, "known as football’s Mr. Marmite" because of the way he polarises opinion, certainly was not rival broadcaster ITV Sport’s idea of "the right personality to promote" its FA Cup coverage, according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Bookmakers William Hill ...

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Premier League Of Darts Expands Format

The Premier League of Darts has announced it will expand from eight to 10 players next season. The Professional Darts Corp. has opted to change the format for the 15-night darting tour of the U.K. and Ireland. Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor was already guaranteed a place along with the othe ...

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SRU CEO Back From Japan Sans Sponsor

Scottish Rugby Union CEO Mark Dodson "spent a week in Japan before Christmas looking into a variety of rugby and business links between Scotland and the Far East," according to David Ferguson of the SCOTSMAN. However, Dodson "was quick to dismiss speculation that the trip was made to uncover a new s ...

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Cricket Commentator Martin-Jenkins Dies

Test Match Special commentator CHRISTOPHER MARTIN-JENKINS "has died of cancer at the age of 67," according to the BBC. Martin-Jenkins joined the BBC in '70 and commentated on his first match, a one-day int'l, in '72. In '73, he succeeded BRIAN JOHNSTON as the BBC's cricket correspondent, a post ...

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