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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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Lisbon To Embrace Influx For CL Final

Lisbon is viewing the Champions League final on Saturday between Real Madrid and Atlético as "a day of Iberian fraternity," according to J.L. Guerrero of AS. It will be an "opportunity to show Hispano-Portuguese pride to the 500 million spectators that will watch the game worldwide." The city ...

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