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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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