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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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ECB Chair Seeking TV Deal

England & Wales Cricket Board Chair Colin Graves is aiming to begin talks with broadcasters at the end of the year to agree to a rights deal that will guarantee the sport’s survival in the U.K. for the next "10 to 15 years," according to Nick Hoult of the London TELEGRAPH. Graves&rsqu ...

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Xia Wants Villa In Top Three

The new owner of Aston Villa "vowed to transform the recently relegated club into one of the world’s top sides," pumping up to £50M ($73M) into its coffers before next season and "shunning talented but lazy players," according to Tom Phillips of the London GUARDIAN. Xia Jiantong, a 39-ye ...

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Coventry Rugby Planning For Groundshare

Coventry Rugby Club Chair Jon Sharp revealed plans "have been drawn to expand the stadium and clear the way for Coventry City to move to Butts Park Arena," according to Simon Gilbert of the COVENTRY TELEGRAPH. Sharp said that architects had "produced stadium designs which could see the existing grou ...

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West Ham Facing Stadium Crisis

West Ham United has been "left relying" on ManU to beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Satuday, according to Jack Staplehurst of the London EXPRESS. If ManU "see off Alan Pardew's team then seventh-placed West Ham will be playing European football next term." However, West Ham would "enter th ...

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EPL Champ Leicester Visits Bangkok

Leicester City fever "hit Thailand on Wednesday as the newly crowned Premier League champions arrived in the home country" of club Owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha for a flying visit, according to Paul Murphy of ESPN. The "Siamese Foxes" touched down at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 6am "and were welco ...

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Koukash Says Super League Must Split

Super Rugby side Salford Red Devils Owner Marwan Koukash said that the Super League "needs to split from the governance of the Rugby Football League," and wants the other 11 chairs to "back the move," according to the BBC. Koukash plans to meet with his counterparts within two weeks "with a vie ...

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Chelsea Risks Anger Of Fans

Chelsea has risked antagonizing hospitality season ticket-holders by offering a 3% refund to "compensate for the lack of Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next season," according to Matt Hughes of the LONDON TIMES. The club charges upwards of £5,000 ($7,300) plus VAT for a "hos ...

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Aston Villa Agrees To Sale

Relegated EPL side Aston Villa "will be sold to the Recon Group" after club Owner Randy Lerner agreed to sell the club to Recon Group CEO & Chair Tony Jiantong Xia, according to Jamie Jackson of the London GUARDIAN. Xia, a Chinese businessman, "has targeted promotion back into the Premier L ...

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West Ham Begins Upton Park Sale

EPL side West Ham has "begun cashing in on the affection" for Upton Park as hundreds of items "from toilet signs to turnstiles went up for sale," according to James Dutton of the London DAILY MAIL. The London club opened up an auction on Wednesday morning to last for three weeks, "with any conc ...

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West Ham Ladies' Match Called Off

A West Ham Ladies' match has been called off so that the men's win over ManU "can remain as the last public fixture played at Upton Park," according to Frank Keogh of the BBC. The June 5 game was cancelled "despite a vote in favour of it going ahead." A Ladies' team fundraiser said that out of "near ...

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