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Brazil Investigating Alleged Rigging Of 2014 World Cup Stadium Contracts

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 07 / 16

Brazil's antitrust watchdog is investigating "allegations that a cartel comprised of the country's leading construction groups rigged the bidding for billions of dollars of stadium contracts for the 2014 World Cup," according to Joe Leahy of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The competition regulator, Cade, said...

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UEFA Forced To Reiterate Replay Policy

UEFA has been "forced to remind stadium controllers at Euro 2016 what they can and cannot show on their big screens following controversy in Wales' win over Slovakia," according to Kieran Gill of the London DAILY MAIL. Bad tackles, fouls and mistakes "made by the match officials were replayed for th ...

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More Rugby Clubs Adopt Artificial Pitches

Rugby "is undergoing a quiet, bloodless revolution through the introduction of plastic pitches," with Pro12 Rugby side Glasgow Warriors just the latest club to have opted for an artificial grass pitch, according to Iain Morrison of the SCOTSMAN. The Warriors’ new pitch "comes after a seas ...

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Brewer Warns Of Club's Investment

Marylebone Cricket Club CEO Derek Brewer "has warned that the club’s investment in cricket and redevelopment of Lord’s will be threatened if the ground does not host two Tests per summer," according to Nick Hoult of the London TELEGRAPH. More than 100,000 spectators "are expected at ...

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Wimbledon In Talks To Sell Stadium

League Two club AFC Wimbledon owner The Dons Trust has "exchanged contracts with Chelsea" for the sale of Kingsmeadow stadium, according to the BBC. Chelsea wants to use the ground for its youth and ladies' teams. The deal will not be finalized "until a number of conditions have been met, ...

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Wimbledon Raises $36M For Roof

Every one of the 1,000 Court No. 1 debentures at Wimbledon "has been snapped up despite the All England Club more than doubling the price of each seat" to £31,000 ($44,825), according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. Wimbledon announced that the sale of the debentures, which will run for ...

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Liverpool Submits Plans For Club Store

Liverpool "submitted detailed plans for a flagship new retail store next to Anfield stadium -- two and a half times bigger than the current offering," according to Andy Kelly of the LIVERPOOL ECHO. The "new hub would be situated on the Walton Breck ...

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L&T To Build Qatar World Cup Stadium

Larsen & Toubro Ltd. has secured a contract to build a $135M stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup, "a boost for the Indian firm facing a slowdown in its key Middle East market due to low oil prices," according to Tom Finn of REUTERS. A Qatari government official said, "As part of a joint venture, ...

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Facility Notes

Pro12 Rugby side Glasgow Warriors  hopes "to get the green light for an artificial surface " at its Scotstoun home as part of a major upgrade of the stadium. The club has been "hampered by a spate of call-offs in recent years due to the current grass surface struggling to cope with heavy ra ...

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Orange Claims Marseille Stadium Rights

The Stade Vélodrome de Marseille “will be renamed Orange Vélodrome for 10 years, the fruit of a partnership” between Arema, the group that runs Olympique de Marseille’s stadium, and French telecom Orange, according to Thierry Wojciak of CB NEWS. Orange CEO Stép ...

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Anfield Capacity Increases To 54,000

The redevelopment of Liverpool's Main Stand at Anfield "is continuing at a steady pace with the removal of the exisitng roof now under way," according to Elliott Bretland of the London DAILY MAIL. The club released images on Thursday, showcasing the latest progress as the Reds get the stand ready fo ...

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