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Channel Ten Interested In Australian Football League Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 27 / 14

Channel Ten "has signalled its interest in bidding" for the next Australian Football League broadcast rights, "even if the AFL decides it wants a 10-year agreement," according to Jon Pierik of THE AGE. AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan "has floated the prospect of an extended deal," with the present five-yea...

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British & Irish Lions Sign With Microsoft

The British & Irish Lions rugby team have signed on Microsoft to its team of sponsors ahead of the '13 tour of Hong Kong and Australia. The deal will make use of Microsoft's latest technology for the rugby professionals for the four home nations of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to build a ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

RFU Apologizes To Martyn Thomas

The Rugby Football Union has issued an apology to acting CEO Martyn Thomas and "withdrawn allegations" that were published in a report into the dismissal of former CEO John Steele, according to the PA. Thomas was accused in the 53-page report of having "inappropriate contact" with one of the candida ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, United Kingdom

Consortium Buys Bradford, Saves Club

The future of Bradford Bulls rugby club "has been secured" after the administrators confirmed the Super League club has been sold to Bradford restaurant Owner Omar Khan's consortium, according to the BBC. The Bulls had been in administration since June and were facing liquidation. However, Administr ...

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Ch. 4 Wins With Pistorius Controversy

Brazil's Alan Oliveira's "controversial win" over Oscar Pistorius in the Paralympics' T44 200m men's athletics final attracted 4.5 million viewers on Sunday night, marking the highest five-minute peak yet for Channel 4's coverage, according to Jason Deans of the London GUARDIAN. Channel 4 averaged a ...

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Henry Addresses Liverpool's Spending

Liverpool FC Owner John Henry has defended the club’s transfer policy in an open letter to supporters, insisting that the club will not be taking “expensive, short-term quick fixes” despite its underwhelming start to the season ( LIVERPOOL ECHO, 9/3 ). Henry wrote: "I am as disa ...

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Chinese Athletes Rake In London Rewards

China's Olympic Gold Medalists have been rewarded "with lavish gifts by the state," including cash bonuses and luxury sea-front apartments, according to Alastair Himmer of REUTERS. Real estate companies have been "lining up to sponsor athletes" by furnishing them with new housing after their success ...

Tags: Olympics, China, United Kingdom

ManU, Toshiba Agree To Deal

ManU gets high-tech medical gear through deal with Toshiba Medical Systems.

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

More Than One Technical Dir For FA

FA Dir of Football Development Trevor Brooking revealed that "the FA has decided against appointing a single technical director," according to Peter Lansley of the LONDON TIMES. Brooking said that the responsibilities within English football "will henceforth be divided into at least two new roles." ...

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Paralympics Celebrate The People

The atmosphere, look and feel during the first day of Paralympic competition at the Olympic Park, as it is still called, felt "the same, but different," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Despite all of the similarities, differences "became clear." Two new venues have been added, at Br ...

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ManU Shares Gain Structured Investors

Investors are "buying structured products that profit on gains" in shares of ManU following the EPL club’s IPO, according to Alastair Marsh of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Royal Bank of Scotland issued eight "mini futures" since the club’s U.S. stock issue on Aug. 9. The securities were priced i ...

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