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Labour Party Floats Levy On EPL TV Rights To Support Grassroots Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 14

Britain's Labour Party has accused Premier League clubs of "not contributing enough to grassroots football and suggested that they may be compelled to pay a levy on revenue from television rights," according to Pickard & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman "is a...

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01/27/14
Franchise Notes

Barcelona introduced a new greeting at the club's Camp Nou stadium over the weekend. Starting with Sunday's La Liga game against Malaga, the club will "welcome international fans to the stadium" with a message played in English over the loudspeaker: "Visitors from all over the world, welcome to Camp ...

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01/24/14
Barça President Resigns Amid Controversy

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell on Thursday night "officially communicated his decision to resign" from the post he took over in July '10, according to AS. His replacement is current VP Josep María Bartomeu, who takes over until '16. Rosell, "under pressure due to the Neymar case , with Ju ...

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01/24/14
Lim's Bid To Purchase Valencia Denied

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01/23/14
Force India Unveils Photo Of '14 Car

Force India "has become the first Formula One team to reveal its new car for the 2014 season," according to the AFP. Or "at least a partial glimpse," as the team, backed by Vijay Mallya, "released a single photograph of the VJM07 on its official website." The new car, which will be driven by Mexico' ...

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01/23/14
Leeds United Deal Still In Limbo

Sport Capital’s deal to buy League Championship Leeds United "was under pressure" Tuesday night with the consortium and Gulf Finance House "wrangling over completion of the takeover," according to Phil Hay of the YORKSHIRE EVENING POST. A 75% buyout proposed by Sport Capital "appeared to hit t ...

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01/23/14
Heart Of Midlothian Nears New Ownership

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01/23/14
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