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U.K. Government Agrees To Cover Anticipated £30M Shortfall From National Lottery

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 09 / 16

A "rescue package" has been agreed to that will lead to Britain’s Olympic sports "being spared funding cuts in the run-up to Tokyo 2020," according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. The government has "agreed to cover an anticipated shortfall of National Lottery income" of more than &poun...

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BBC Commentator Accused Of Sexism

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Thistle To Receive No Compensation

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Sky Ramping Up BT Battle With Bundle

Sky has "ramped up its battle with BT with the launch of a new version of its Now TV service allowing customers to sign up to monthly pay-TV," broadband and phone bundles without a contract -- which the broadcaster "claims is the first plan of its kind" in the U.K., according to Jasper Jackson of th ...

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Serena Draws Praise For Outfit

Serena Williams' outfit on Tuesday "stole the show" during her first-round match at Wimbledon, as she "emerged in a high-collared dress with a tight bodice that flowed into a pleated skirt," according to Chris Chase of FOX SPORTS. Williams' look was a "nice coup for Nike, which entered Wimbledon wit ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

FA To Push For January Break

The FA "is set to make the introduction of a winter break a key part of wholesale changes to the structure of the game, in response to England’s latest tournament failure," according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. FA CEO Martin Glenn identified a winter break as being among the ch ...

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Brexit Could Lead To Heavy Spending

Football finance expert Esteve Calzada said that the U.K.'s exit from the European Union could trigger an "aggressive summer of Premier League spending and increased transfer fees," according to Jefferson Lake of SKY SPORTS. The amount British clubs will pay to buy players from abroad "should i ...

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BBC Preps For Ultra HD Transmissions

The BBC "is stockpiling suitable programming" in preparation for the start of a dedicated 4K/ultra high-definition (UHD) channel, according to Chris Forrester of ADVANCED TELEVISION. The network, as part of its relationship with commercial arm BBC Worldwide, "has been producing 4K programming f ...

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England Job Open To Int'l Coach

FA CEO Martin Glenn said that "nationality will not be an issue when the new England coach is appointed," according to Brian Dodds of SKY SPORTS. Glenn was facing the press alongside Roy Hodgson, "who resigned minutes after his side's ignominious exit from Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland on M ...

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R&A Welcomes Fesh Ballot Decision

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Wimbledon Counts Cost Of Sharapova Ban

Spectators arriving at Wimbledon this week may notice that "one noise will be missing," according to the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Namely, the 110-decibel cry of a certain blonde Russian, "whose grunts (supposedly as loud as a pneumatic drill) have attracted scores of complaints over the years." Maria ...

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