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British Pubs Turn Away From Using Live Sports To Attract Customers

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 28 / 14

Pub companies and landlords "are turning their back on live sport as a magnet for attracting customers and darkening their TVs instead, signalling the decline in a relationship that was integral to the development of the Premier League and Sky," according to Blitz & Mance of the FINANCIAL TIMES....

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