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National Rugby League Side Canterbury Gets Government OK For $93M Project

04 / 18 / 14

National Rugby League side Canterbury Bulldogs "has received the government's go-ahead" for a A$100M ($93M) project "to transform its premises at Belmore into a six-star hotel and create new revenue streams that should guarantee the financial security and strength of the Bulldogs," according to Dani...

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02/19/14
Report: McMahon Eying Newcastle Bid

World Wrestling Entertainment Owner Vince McMahon "has been linked with a shock move" to take full ownership of EPL side Newcastle United in "what would be one of the biggest shocks to world football ever seen," according to the London INDEPENDENT. Citing a story on the British website www.winnerspo ...

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02/19/14
Safarcik Acquires Stake In Banik

Czech football club Banik Ostrava said that Czech businessman Petr Safarcik "has become the majority shareholder" of the club, according to Jaroslaw Adamowski of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. With the acquisition of shares from local businessman Libor Adamek, Safarcik "controls a combined 95% of the shares ...

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02/19/14
ANBL Hopes To Add Wellington Team

The Australian National Basketball League "is ready to give Wellington its shot," with a spot in an expanded league by '15-16 now a strong likelihood for the capital, according to Marc Hinton of FAIRFAX NZ NEWS. The ANBL believes that "a Wellington-based regional entity should be part of its first w ...

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02/18/14
Chilean Cycling Side Ceases Activity

Chilean professional cycling team PinoRoad "announced that it has suspended its activity due to the disappearance of CEO Juan Pablo Pino Zúñiga," according to J.A. Ezquerro of AS. PinoRoad is considering "taking legal action against Pino Zúñiga for fraud." The club "regis ...

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02/18/14
A-League Wellington Eyeing Move

A-League side Wellington Phoenix "could move to Lower Hutt after the council announced plans for a new purpose-built football stadium" in the Lower Hutt suburb of Petone, according to the APNZ. Wellington has made "only a conditional commitment to move to the new 12,000 to 15,000-seat stadium, which ...

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02/17/14
Sponsors Consider Dropping Leeds

Two main sponsors of League Championship side Leeds United are considering "severing their ties with the embattled" club after the "controversial sacking" of Manager Brian McDermott, according to James Ducker of the LONDON TIMES. Several execs have also departed. Managing Dir Davied Haigh and acting ...

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02/17/14
FFA Expecting Sale Of Western Sydney

Football Federation Australia is "expected to announce the long-awaited sale" of A-League side Western Sydney this week, according to Ray Gatt of THE AUSTRALIAN.  The FFA board "gave its final approval to the deal at a board meeting on Saturday and, as revealed in October, the club will be hand ...

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02/14/14
Club Attacks Ex-Manager's Spending

Premier League club Cardiff City has "launched a fresh attack on the spending" by former Manager Malky Mackay after announcing that the club spent £3M ($5M) net on players in January, according to Gary Jacob of the LONDON TIMES. The South Wales club said that its shareholders blame Mackay for ...

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02/13/14
Bristol City Plans To Install Rail Seats

League One side Bristol City plans to become the first club in the U.K to install rail seats, "which have been pioneered in the German Bundesliga," according to the BBC. The seats "can either be unlocked or locked to create a standing or seated area inside a stadium." Regulations currently prohibi ...

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02/13/14
Rangers Fan Ownership 'A Long Way Off'

The Rangers Supporters Trust "has announced it now holds over half a million shares" in Scottish League 1 Rangers after buying a further 200,000 this week, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The fan group's long-term ambition "is to hand control of the club to the Light Blues faithful," a ...

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