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Tour De France A Bargain For Sponsors As Team Sponsorships Drop 50%

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 29 / 14

The Tour de France "is a bargain for sponsors, courtesy of Lance Armstrong," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. The event "could once demand large investments from potential backers." Hilversum, Netherlands-based sports marketing consultant Frank van den Wall Bake said that tainted by dopi...

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Former Brazil footballer Ronaldo admitted that Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium was "not fully ready for Sunday's Brazil-England friendly." The match marked "the reopening of the iconic venue after almost three years of refurbishment work" costing more than $500M, "double the original budget ...

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Qatar 2022 Announces Stadium Managers

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said Thursday that "Qatar has appointed the lead project manager and design consultant" for the first of its World Cup stadiums, according to Regan Doherty of REUTERS. Regional project management and consulting firm KEO Int'l has been appointed project manager, ...

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Olympic Stadium Remodeling Approved

Plans to make major changes at the £429M ($648.8M) Olympic Stadium "have been given the green light with West Ham being the main beneficiaries as it will be a more suitable arena for football," according to Helen Williams of the PA. The transformation work, "which will involve the 80,000-capac ...

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French Open Expansion Plans Under Fire

The French Open is held at the smallest venue in Grand Slam tennis, and, if local residents and environmentalists get their way, "will fall further behind rivals or move from the Paris site it's occupied for almost 100 years," according to Rossingh & De Beaupuy of BLOOMBERG. The French Ten ...

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Palace Must Spend Millions On Stadium

Newly promoted EPL side Crystal Palace "will have to spend several million pounds" to refurbish its stadium and upgrade the media facilities to meet Premier League requirements for the start of the '13-14 season, according to Gary Jacob of the LONDON TIMES. The club, promoted after beating Watford i ...

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N. Korea's Kim To Construct Ski Resort

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the North Korean military to construct a "world-class" ski resort that "will rival the winter sports facilities being built in South Korea to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games," according to Julian Ryall of the London TELEGRAPH. Kim recently visite ...

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Qatar To Build Island For Football Fans

Qatar unveiled plans to build a $5.5B island "off the coast of Doha with floating hotels" to house football fans "expected to flock to the country" for the 2022 World Cup, according to Doherty & Menon of REUTERS. Plans for Oryx Island, which would feature luxury villas, a water park, and five fl ...

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Qatar Hires World Cup Stadium Experts

The organizers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar "have hired IMG and Amsterdam Arena as stadium operations consultants for the prestigious football tournament," according to Daniel Shane of ARABIAN BUSINESS. The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said that "the two would assist on the development of business ...

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Stadium officials said that the roof collapse at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil "happened because of a mistake by a worker inspecting the roof on Sunday." They said that "part of the tarpaulin on the roof was not folded properly, leading to the accumulation of water in that section." A sta ...

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Coventry City Claims ACL Rejected Deal

Third-tier football club Coventry City CEO Tim Fisher claimed that "landlords ACL rejected a deal that would have seen the Sky Blues stay at the Ricoh Arena for the next three years while they build their own stadium," according to Alan Poole of the COVENTRY TELEGRAPH. He said the club was forced to ...

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