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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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Panasonic Launches Team GB Campaign

Panasonic is celebrating Great Britain's army of Olympic "Superfans" in its Rio 2016 campaign -- the "first major social push for the brand" -- which launched Thursday, according to Simon Gwynn of MARKETING MAGAZINE. The brand is calling on U.K. "sports lovers to show their support for the nati ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

Leicester Proves 'Fairytales' Are Possible

FIFA President Gianni Infantino "visited the headquarters of Leicester's ownership company on Thursday and said the club's Premier League title run shows that fairytales are still possible," according to the AP. Infantino, visiting Thailand for the centenary of the local FA, "met with local official ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom, Asia

Leicester Tickets On Sale For $12,600

Tickets for Leicester City’s potential Premier League "title party" against Everton next weekend "are being offered online for a staggering" £8,600 ($12,600), according to Adam Shergold of the London DAILY MAIL. If Leicester wins at ManU this Sunday, it would be presented with the P ...

Tags: Franchises, United Kingdom

FA Could Face Criminal Charges

The FA "could face corporate criminal charges as detectives examine claims that officials ignored safety warnings before the Hillsborough disaster," according to White & Morgan of the London TELEGRAPH. Sheffield Wednesday is "also under suspicion over the governing body's decision" to let the cl ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

Canadian Rugby Team Joins U.K. League

The Rugby Football League "has confirmed that a Canadian side will be introduced into English rugby league from next season," according to Aaron Bower of the London GUARDIAN. Toronto Wolfpack will enter League One -- the sport’s third tier -- and "will play home and away fixtures in blocks of ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, United Kingdom

FremantleMedia Takes Squawka Stake

Global production company FremantleMedia has taken an "almost 35% share in Squawka," the London-based football media company, according to Leo Barraclough of VARIETY. The deal makes it the "largest single shareholder in the digital business, and it has the option to increase the stake in the fu ...

Tags: Finance, United Kingdom

Cricket Ireland Signs With The KPC Group

Cricket Ireland secured a "major sponsorship coup" with the announcement of a three-year deal with global conglomerate The KPC Group, according to THE 42. The Indian-based company was announced as the new primary sponsor at the unveiling of Cricket Ireland’s strategic plan in Dublin on Tu ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, United Kingdom

Dundonald Links To Host Scottish Open

The Scottish Open’s "geographical jigsaw is complete" after Dundonald Links in Ayrshire was confirmed as the host course next year, adding a venue in the west after ­visits already as part of the event being taken on "tour" to Castle Stuart in the north, Royal Aberdeen in the north-east and Gu ...

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Emissions Scandal Embarrassing RFU

The Rugby Football Union is "facing the huge embarrassment" of its new sponsorship partner becoming "embroiled in the global emissions scandal," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Mitsubishi Motors, which was announced as BMW’s replacement as an official England rugby backer l ...

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Dundee Owner To Find Buyer For Club

Scottish Premiership side Dundee United Chair Stephen Thompson "has jetted across the Atlantic in a bid to find a new owner" for the club, according to Keith Jackson of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The Tannadice chair "flew to the States on Monday to hold talks with a potential new investor who could ...

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