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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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RFEF President Talks 2014 World Cup

Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) President Ángel María Villar "has led Spanish football for a quarter of a century, but far from exhausted, Villar assured that every day he has more desire to remain the head of Spanish football," according to Miguel Ángel Lara of MARCA. ...

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12/09/13
Brazilian Player's Group Warns Of Strike

Brazilian football players on Saturday warned that a strike is "imminent" and criticized the game's domestic ruling body for refusing to negotiate to avert action that would disrupt league matches next year, according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. Players with Common Sense FC, a pressure gr ...

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12/06/13
Blatter Sets April Date For Stadium

FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that the stadium that will host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup "will not be ready" until April 14 or 15, less than two months before the tournament kicks off, according to Andrew Downie of REUTERS. The Arena Corinthians was damaged last week when a construct ...

Tags: International Football

12/06/13
Bundesliga Reconsiders Goal-Line System

The "phantom goal" of Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kießling forced Bundesliga officials to reconsider goal-line technology and "could accelerate its introduction," according to the SID. The 36 clubs of the Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga "will make a fundamental decision on the issue during t ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

12/06/13
Platini Calls For Rugby-Style Sin Bins

UEFA President Michel Platini has "called for football to emulate rugby by implementing a sin-bin system for yellow-card offences," according to Graeme Yorke of the London DAILY MAIL. Players who accumulate a number of cautions -- typically five -- are handed a ban "at present," but Platini said in ...

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12/06/13
Football Notes

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12/05/13
Barça Is Europe's Top Social Media Club

A report conducted by SBD Global showed that FC Barcelona leads all top European football clubs with more than 58 million social media followers. The Catalan club has more than 47 million fans on Facebook and more than 10 million Twitter followers. Barça is followed by league rival Real ...

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