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Gaza Protestors Attack Israeli Premier League Side Maccabi Haifa In Austria

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 25 / 14

Protesters against Israel's military offensive in Gaza attacked Israeli football players "at a friendly match in Austria on Wednesday evening, stopping play five minutes before the end," according to Georgina Prodhan of REUTERS. Salzburg police said on Thursday that around 20 people with flags and p...

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Stern's Age Limit Idea Falls Flat

As the NBA “tries to play God on Olympic basketball, pushing FIBA to legislate change that’ll render this magnificent spectacle irrelevant,” NBA Commissioner David Stern “should be forced to confront the collateral damage of his failing movement,” according to Adrian Wo ...

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BBC Coverage Peaks With Pearson Gold

More than 10 million viewers tuned in to BBC channels to watch cyclist Chris Hoy collect a record-breaking sixth Gold Medal during the final night of competition on the London Games cycling track Tuesday, according to Mark Sweney of the London GUARDIAN. Great Britain's Laura Trott's second cycling G ...

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FA Visits Clubs To Talk About Issues

FA officials visited 60 clubs to "remind managers and players of their responsibilities" over Twitter, anti-doping and gambling, according to Henry Winter of the London TELEGRAPH. Although there were no important rule changes that needed to be clarified, "clubs were keen for representatives" to come ...

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Scottish Rugby Warned Of Tough Times

Scottish Rugby Union CEO Mark Dodson has "warned of tougher times ahead" for Scottish Rugby once Sevens is introduced into the Olympics in '16, according to Bill Lothian of the SCOTSMAN. One of the consequences of the Rio '16 Games featuring rugby will be to provide extra funding for emerging nation ...

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Olympic Notes

In London, Rosa Silverman noted Royal Mail "attracted criticism for not honouring Paralympic athletes in the same way as Olympians," however, the British Paralympic Association said it was "pleased" with the alternative plans. Gold Medal-winning Paralympians will not be featured on individual stamps ...

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Magpies Owner Wants Stake In Rangers

Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley is in advanced talks with Rangers CEO Charles Green about "buying a stake of up to 10% in the club" and forming a joint venture to sell its replica kit through his Sports Direct stores, according to Ian McConnell of the HERALD SCOTLAND. A deal between Ashley and Gr ...

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Men's 400m Hurdles Draw 12M on BBC

Great Britain hurdler Dai Greene's fourth-place finish in the men's 400m hurdles was watched by just less than 12 million viewers on BBC channels, Monday's biggest London Games audience, according to John Plunkett of the London GUARDIAN. The Dominican Republic's Felix Sanchez won the race, which was ...

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ESPN Agrees To Five-Year Deal With SPL And Rangers

ESPN "has followed Sky Sports" in agreeing to a five-year contract with Scottish football, according to the PA. ESPN "will screen 30 Scottish Premier League games and 10 Rangers games from the Third Division," including three from Ibrox. ESPN's coverage begins on Sunday with Dundee United's season o ...

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SBJ/SBDG Global Olympic Blog

SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily has launched a free website exclusively geared to the Summer Games that will feature news, video, blogs and much more from London. See the site today for the following news: Hilton sets up U.S.-China beach volleyball exhibition for NBC this fall F ...

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Visa Spending Up, Business Down

Int'l visitors to the U.K. spent more than £450M ($705M) on their Visa cards during the first week of the Olympic Games, up by 8% from the same time last year, according to Alan Jones of the PA. Visa said that restaurants, nightclubs, theatres and tourist attractions "all benefited from the in ...

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