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Sky Deutschland Records Convincing Ratings For Champions League Broadcasts

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 02 / 14

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland "recorded top ratings for its broadcast of the Champions League matchup between Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow," according to Fabian Riedner of QUOTENMETER. The game, which kicked off at 6pm, attracted 300,000 viewers and obtained a market share of 4.7% in the t...

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NFL's Jags To Play At Wembley

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL announced Tuesday that the team will play one home game in London for four years in a row, according to Mark Long of the AP. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Owner Shahid Khan made a joint announcement about the move. The small-market franchise will play four g ...

Tags: Franchises, North America, United Kingdom

Billionaire Soros Buys ManU Shares

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Tags: Finance, United Kingdom

JJB, Rangers End Merchandising Deal

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

London Celebrates For A Final Time

A "free festival on the banks of the Thames will provide a spectacular final to London's '100 days of summer,' and the end of the Paralympic Games," according to Ross Lydall of the London EVENING STANDARD. The event is expected to draw 800,000 people to the area between the London Eye and St. Kathar ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, United Kingdom

Study: Footballers Pay Up 1,508%

Top footballers' salaries in the EPL have "mushroomed," rising by 1,508% between '92-10, according to a report titled Football Mad by Dave Boyle of independent think tank HIGH PAY CENTRE. The study also revealed that players further down the football leagues "have not been as fortunate." Pay has ris ...

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Olympics Channel To Launch In London

A new TV channel is launching in the wake of the London Games, providing coverage of sports featured at the Games including judo, gymnastics and fencing, according to Josh Halliday of the London GUARDIAN. London Legacy will be a  24-hour-a-day channel, launching in November and showing 24 Olymp ...

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London Venues Wary Of 'White Elephant'

Olympic organizers have reason to believe they have set a new standard for hosting major sporting events by not "spending huge amounts of money on permanent venues," according to Roger Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The “white elephant” syndrome has struck previous Olympic host cities Bei ...

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RFU Sets Plans To Combat Concussions

The Rugby Football Union has announced that "widening the powers" of rugby's television match official (TMO) and a "more robust system for assessing concussion" will be implemented into this season's English Premiership, according to Tom Bartlett of REUTERS. The TMO trial will allow the on-field ref ...

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Man City Revelling In Digital Dominance

Man City Head of Digital Russell Stopford is "leading the charge" in a new campaign focused on using Twitter "as the primary vehicle for capitilising on its success on the pitch," according to John Reynolds of MARKETING MAGAZINE. Over the past year, Man City has used the micro-blogging platform to " ...

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Falkirk FC Suspends PA Announcer

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