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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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Liga MX President Decio de María has confirmed that "the drug responsible for a pair of positive results on drug tests administered on the first matchday of the current season" was banned performance-enhancer Clenbuterol. De María also said that the positive tests came from two di ...

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FIFA Officer: Doping Not A Problem

FIFA Chief Medical Officer Jiri Dvorak "has insisted that doping is not a significant problem" in football, according to the AAP. While "athletics has suffered some high-profile positive tests over the last two months and cycling began the year with that Lance Armstrong finally owned up to his spuri ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

FIFA Focuses On Stadiums

With the World Cup less than a year away, FIFA is "pledging to increase its monitoring of stadium construction in Brazil," according to Tales Azzoni of the AP. FIFA wants "all 12 stadiums ready for the June 2014 kickoff" of football's showcase event. There were "several stadium delays for the Confed ...

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Football Notes

The new governing and exec body of Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia "has kept its promise and revealed the monthly salaries of the team's players and coaching staff." CSKA "is the first club in Bulgaria to disclose the salaries." The highest salary is for head coach Stoycho Mladenov, who will receive &eur ...

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Top Clubs Could Spend $1.5B On Transfers

When UEFA came up with its Financial Fair Play rule, it "was expected that huge transfers would be rare and spending reduced," so there is no surprise Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has described Gareth Bale's impending £100M ($153M) move as "a joke," according to Thom Drake of the London DAILY ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom, Europe

Scottish Greens Wants First Refusal For Fans

Football supporters "could be first in line to buy their clubs if they are put up for sale under a proposal" by the Scottish Greens political party, according to the HERALD SCOTLAND. The party wants "fan groups to be given first refusal on any sales to make clubs more representative of communities a ...

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FIFA's Mayne-Nicholls Warned Against Qatar Heat

Harold Mayne-Nicholls of Chile, the FIFA-appointed expert who "first cautioned about the dangers of taking the 2022 World Cup to Qatar" said that he "made it abundantly clear that playing in the tiny Gulf state would be too hazardous -- but was ignored by the majority of voting members," according t ...

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AEK FC Mirrors Greece's Economic Struggles

The "bad economy is hurting" football clubs around Europe, according to Nektaria Stamouli of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. But for "Greece's storied but troubled AEK FC, the fall has been especially steep." Ousted from the country's Super League in April, the "beloved club slid into bankruptcy -- the res ...

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China Misses Out On EPL Jamboree

The Premier League's top sides went on tours of Asia this month in six countries or territories, but there was "one glaring omission: mainland China," according to the AFP. EPL CEO Richard Scudamore said many businesses see the fast-developing country as "the holy grail," but he didn't "quite see i ...

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Argentine FA Bans Visiting Fans

The Argentine FA has decided that only "local season ticket holders and fans with memberships in their favorite clubs" will be able to attend football games on the first two gamedays of the upcoming season, according to OLE. This "is being added to the measures preventing the attendance of opposing ...

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