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Tour De France A Bargain For Sponsors As Team Sponsorships Drop 50%

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 29 / 14

The Tour de France "is a bargain for sponsors, courtesy of Lance Armstrong," according to Danielle Rossingh of BLOOMBERG. The event "could once demand large investments from potential backers." Hilversum, Netherlands-based sports marketing consultant Frank van den Wall Bake said that tainted by dopi...

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03/14/14
Football Notes

Posts about football topped Africans' tweets last year, "trumping even world events like the death of Nelson Mandela, results from a study released on Wednesday showed." Most tweets "were about football and in English, communications firm Portland's analysis of over nine million posts from October t ...

Tags: International Football

03/13/14
Two-Thirds Of World Cup Matches Sold

More than two-thirds of the World Cup matches "have sold out less than three hours after FIFA opened new ticket sales on Wednesday," according to the AP. Tickets for all Brazil matches "were gone in about an hour, as were the ones for all the quarterfinals and nearly all second-round matchups in the ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil, Australia

03/13/14
Russia Asks FIFA To Ban U.S. From Cup

Two Russian lawmakers "have responded to calls" made by U.S. senators for FIFA to prevent Russia from hosting the 2018 World Cup by urging FIFA President Sepp Blatter "to expel the United States from this summer’s World Cup in Brazil over the U.S.’s foreign policy," according to Edward C ...

Tags: International Football, Russia, North America

03/13/14
NFF Projects $12M In Player Bonuses

The Nigerian Football Federation has projected that the reigning African champions require a budget of 2B naira ($12M), "to mount a successful challenge" at the World Cup in Brazil, resources which the country's Senate "is set to approve after it heaped praises on the NFF for its excellent administr ...

Tags: International Football, Africa

03/13/14
Football Notes

Bayern Munich is facing a "hefty double fine" following its Champions League win over Arsenal "after their fans unfurled a homophobic banner before Tuesday night's last-16 second leg at the Allianz Arena." UEFA is "set to open disciplinary proceedings" against the European champions over the small b ...

Tags: International Football

03/12/14
Government Urged To Eradicate Racism

The U.K. government has been urged to "eradicate any racism in the FA" by investigating retired English footballer Sol Campbell's claims that "he would have captained England for longer had he been white," according to the PA. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport "has been asked to examine ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

03/12/14
FA Chair Discussing Complete Betting Ban

FA Chair Greg Dyke said that "a complete ban on players and club staff betting on football matches could soon be introduced," according to the BBC. Dyke said, "No final decision has been made, but it [a complete ban] is one of the things that's being discussed." A full ban "is in place in Scotland, ...

Tags: International Football, United Kingdom

03/12/14
Football Notes

At least "nine football fans were injured on Monday night during a fight between two factions of Argentine first division side Quilmes fans." The "brawl occurred before Quilmes' match at first division rival All Boys' el Centenario stadium." Five police officers "intervened to break up the fight and ...

Tags: International Football

03/11/14
Panel: Agent's Commission Too High

A European football advisory panel said on Monday that players' agents "receive too much commission on transfers and their fees should be regulated," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The Professional Football Strategy Council "also reiterated its concern over third party ownership of players ...

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03/11/14
Blatter Responds To Qatar Criticism

FIFA President Sepp Blatter "has responded to criticism about slave-like conditions at World Cup construction sites in Qatar," according to Katrin Terpitz of HANDELSBLATT. At a regional business initiative meeting on Friday evening in Mönchengladbach, Germany, Blatter "dismissed general critici ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

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