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Ironman To Continue Expansion Beyond Triathlon Following Wanda Acquisition

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 09 / 16

Ironman is planning to continue its global expansion by adding other endurance sports, beyond triathlon, to its event portfolio, company CMO Chris Stadler said. Ironman’s parent company, World Triathlon Corp., was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group in Aug. ’15 in a $650M deal. ...

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Harlequins Announces Women Strategy

Premiership rugby side Harlequins announced a new relationship with Aylesford Bulls Ladies rugby team, which will see the London club considerably grow its involvement in the women's game. Developing women's rugby is a key element of Harlequins' five-year strategy as the club looks to support t ...

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Franchise Notes

French National league side Evian Thonon Gaillard , relegated from Ligue 2 last season, is “launching a capital increase via participatory shareholding focusing on supporters .” The club, and its two majority shareholders, President Esfandiar Bakhtiar and local businessman Richard Tu ...

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Chelsea: Carneiro Rejected Settlement

Chelsea’s lawyers said that the team's former doctor Eva Carneiro rejected a £1.2M ($1.7M) settlement "over her claim of constructive dismissal connected to an on-pitch dispute with ex-manager José Mourinho," according to Ahmed & Fortado of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Mourinho, appoi ...

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Mourinho To Face Carneiro In Court

José Mourinho’s first public act as the ManU manager "could be to defend himself in the employment tribunal brought by the former Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro against the club, which is scheduled to begin on Monday," according to the PA. Carneiro "is claiming constructive dism ...

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Everton Names Koeman As Manager

Ronald Koeman has agreed to become the new manager of Everton, "in a deal financed by the club’s new owner Farhad Moshiri, with Southampton now considering either Eddie Howe or the Sevilla manager Unai Emery as his replacement," according to Wallace & Bennetts of the London TELEGRAPH. Sout ...

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ARU Agrees To Keep Force In Perth

The Australian Rugby Union has "brokered a deal with Western Force to help keep the Super Rugby franchise in Perth," according to Jefferson Lake of SKY SPORTS. Under the terms of the "alliance," the club's players and professional staff will become employees of the ARU as the governing body "integra ...

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Manu Season Tickets Sell Out

ManU have sold out season tickets for next season "following José Mourinho's appointment as manager," according to the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Thousands of season ticket holders "hesitated on renewing while Louis van Gaal remained in charge, with the midweek April win over Crystal Palace not ...

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SFA Followed UEFA Rules In Rangers Case

Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan insists the federation "has nothing to fear over its handling of Rangers' licence to play European football" in the '11-12 season, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. A group of Celtic shareholders has "demanded answers on why the Ibrox outfit was allowed to co ...

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Aston Villa Takover Not In Doubt

League Championship side Aston Villa's takeover by Chinese businessman Tony Xia "is not on the verge of collapse," according to Pat Murphy of the BBC. It has been reported that Xia "has failed to demonstrate he possesses the necessary funds to complete the deal." But £52M ($75M) has been repor ...

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Western Forces Players Reassured By CEO

Super Rugby side Western Force captain Matt Hodgson said that the club's players "are relieved" after being told they will not be moved to Western Sydney and hope their new relationship with the Australian Rugby Union can lead to solutions for the “uphill battles” they fight each season, ...

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