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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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Former Rangers Owner Blames Taxman

Former Scottish League 1 Rangers Owner David Murray on Wednesday "blamed the taxman for Rangers' liquidation," according to Jackson, McGivern & Clements of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Murray "hit out" after a judge "kicked out" U.K. tax authority HMRC's appeal in its "long-running legal case" aga ...

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Fans Step Up Takeover Bid For Hibernian

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Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen "will travel to Florida in preparation for the second half of the '14-15 Bundesliga season." The club announced that "it will hold its winter training camp in Orlando from Jan. 9-18." As part of the training camp, Leverkusen "will participate in a tournament with fut ...

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Italian Businessman Buys Leyton Orient

League One side Leyton Orient has "become the latest English club to be taken over by a foreign owner after chairman Barry Hearn agreed to sell his 90 per cent stake in the club to Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti," according to Luke Edwards of the London TELEGRAPH. Hearn, a lifelong Leyton O ...

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Aston Villa Owner Delays Sale Of Team

EPL side Aston Villa Owner Randy Lerner "delayed the sale" of the club "to concentrate on the season," according to Mason Levinson of BLOOMBERG. Lerner, who in May disclosed his intention to sell the team following a 15th-place finish, said in a statement that when he announced the sale plans he tol ...

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Independiente Names New Club President

Argentine first division side Independiente's new president is Hugo Moyano, who obtained 5,719 votes (69.44%) in an election held Sunday. Moyano, who represented the Independiente Group, will be the club's president for the next three years. Members also voted to make Nurhayr Nakis Independiente's f ...

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Ferarri F1 Boss Promises Changes

Ferrari F1 Team Principal Marco Mattiacci said after Sunday's British Grand Prix that the team will be a different one next year, "with changes already being made at Maranello," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Fernando Alonso "finished only sixth for the Italian team at Silverstone." Mattiacci ...

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Leader Emerges Among NSW Bidders

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Brentford Owner Invests In Danish Club

League Championship side Brentford Owner Matthew Benham has "become the majority shareholder" of Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland, according to the BBC. Benham has "bought shares in FCM Holding, which is the parent company of the Herning-based club and FCM Handball, an associated handball side." ...

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Coventry City Owner Loses Court Battle

League One side Coventry City's hedge fund owner Sisu, which "moved the proud club to Northampton," has suffered "total defeat in a high court judgment damning their 'mismanagement' and a 'rent-strike' they conducted to imperil the owners of the Ricoh Arena," according to David Conn of the London GU ...

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