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Russian Economic Crisis Drives Transfer Market Spending To 14-Year Low

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 04 / 15

Russian Premier League clubs’ transfer spending in this year’s winter window hit a 14-year low. The Premier League's 16 clubs spent only €6M on transfers between them, the lowest figure for a winter transfer campaign since '01 and a drastic decline from €39M spent in the winter...

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Singapore Picks Up Hunt For Events

Fears Singapore will "streak ahead of Hong Kong in hosting major sports events in Asia" look set to be realized with "confirmation on Friday that the city is in discussions" on staging a British and Irish Lions tour match, int'l tests and a leg of the rugby sevens series at its new $1B Sports Hub, a ...

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Panel Discusses Third-Party Ownership

Wayne Rooney was aware of his own commercial appeal at just 16 years old, according to his agent Paul Stretford, who was speaking at a panel discussion at the Leaders conference in London. Stretford said Rooney, who has 10 million followers on Twitter and is now one of the world’s most famous ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, United Kingdom

HKFA CEO: Expanded Asian Cup Welcomed

Hong Kong Football Association CEO Mark Sutcliffe says his team “should be able to win a berth" in an expanded Asian Cup in ‘19 after moves to increase the number of teams in the regional competition by 50%, according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The Asian Footba ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Asia

NRL Grand Final To Remain Night Event

The record ratings for the National Rugby League grand final have "effectively killed off any hope of the game being returned to a daytime slot," according to Adrian Proszenko of the CANBERRA TIMES. The decider between South Sydney and Canterbury was a "ratings bonanza for the Nine Network, which se ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Australia

Bettman Talks World Cup, Olympics

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was a guest on “NHL Live” and talked about the possibility of the World Cup of Hockey coming back. Bettman: “If we were to announce now, ‘We're just doing a World Cup of Hockey,’ everybody would shrug and say, ‘Yeah, you've been talk ...

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PCB Confirms England 2015 Series

The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Wednesday that Pakistan will host England for a "full series of tests and limited-overs matches in the United Arab Emirates from next October," according to Waheed Khan of REUTERS. A PCB official said, "We will be playing three tests, five one-day internatio ...

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F1 CEO Ecclestone: 'We Are Happy'

F1 "risks political condemnation" when Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a personal appearance at the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, according to Kevin Eason of the LONDON TIMES. The race, "held during outrage over Russia's involvement in Ukraine, is already treading on sensitive terri ...

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Asia Series Baseball Tourney Canceled

Baseball's equivalent to football's Asia Cup, "the annual Asia Series, has been cancelled for this year," according to Brad Elborough of the BRISBANE TIMES. Australian Baseball League champion Perth Heat was "initially scheduled to participate in the competition, watched live by tens of thousan ...

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Event Notes

The streets of Jerusalem, "the world's holiest city," have been closed for two days, "not for a religious ceremony but to welcome the roar of a Formula One show." In the "non-competition showcase, cars sped on Monday and Tuesday outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City" for the second annual Jerusa ...

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Serie A To Hold Super Cup In Doha

Serie A has confirmed that the Super Cup between Juventus and Napoli will be played in Doha, Qatar on Dec. 22, according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. This had "long been rumoured to be the resolution between all parties, for the game delayed from late summer due to Juve and Napoli’s respective pre-seas ...

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