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National Rugby League Side Gold Coast Titans Fined $263,000 For Salary Cap Breach

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

National Rugby League side Gold Coast has been fined A$300,000 ($263,000) "and hit with a suspended penalty of four competition points over a salary cap breach in regard to former playmaker Scott Prince," according to the AAP. Prince left the Titans at the end of '12 and the penalty "was issued aft...

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Global Coverage Skews English

Media tracker Moreover Technologies has come up with a "number of data sets around how the media worldwide is covering the World Cup and what is trending in terms of stories," according to INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The U.K. and the U.S. are the forerunners, "predictably so from their status as media po ...

Tags: International Football

06/26/14
Deaths Spur Booze Ban Across Colombia

Colombian police said that "at least 10 towns and cities joined Bogota in banning alcohol sales" on Tuesday as the national team won first place in its World Cup group, after "prior revelries left more than 10 people dead," according to Medina & Jenkins of BLOOMBERG. Cali, the country's third-bi ...

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06/26/14
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Tags: International Football

06/25/14
'Real Sports' Examines Match-Fixing

The issue of match-fixing of professional football games around the world was examined on HBO's "Real Sports" Tuesday night, with HBO's Bryant Gumbel noting "authorities in Europe recently announced that nearly 400 professional soccer games across the continent are suspected of being fixed." Gumbel ...

Tags: International Football, North America

06/25/14
La Roja Loss Costly For Hospitality

The Spanish Hospitality & Catering Federation (FEHR) estimated that on July 1, 2012, when Spain beat Italy in the finals to win Euro 2012, bars and restaurants "earned 40% more than their average earnings for a Sunday," according to EL CONFIDENCIAL. That "situation will not be repeated this year ...

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Adidas: World Cup Push Sales To $2.7B

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Thai Leaders Crack Down On WC Gambling

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FA Ends WC Bid Due To FIFA Relations

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