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AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou Says League Must Re-Think Ticketing System

04 / 23 / 14

Australian Football League CEO Andrew Demetriou has admitted that the league "must go back to the drawing board in a bid to rebrand and simplify its complex and wildly unpopular variable ticketing system," according to Caroline Wilson of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Conceding the league "had failed to...

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04/19/13
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Int'l trade unions have called on FIFA "to deprive Qatar of its right to host the 2022 World Cup because it has failed to end what they term 21st century slavery and adopt international labor standards for the Gulf state’s more than one million foreign workers" ( MIDDLE EAST ONLINE, 4/18 ). ...

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04/18/13
U.K. Push To Find Women Execs

A government effort to "narrow the gender gap" has targeted "high-flying businesswomen" for "leadership roles in sport," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. Culture Secretary Maria Miller "has challenged sports chiefs to be more proactive in attracting women," who make up only 22% of ...

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04/18/13
FIA President Will Not Be In Bahrain

FIA President Jean Todt will not attend this weekend’s controversial Bahrain Grand Prix, but officials "played down the significance of his absence on Wednesday," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. An FIA spokesperson said that "the Frenchman had never had Bahrain on his schedule after bein ...

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04/18/13
ASEAN Football Federation Hopeful

As Southeast Asian money floods into English football while local leagues are left to rot, "the proposed ASEAN Super League might just offer those investors a viable alternative and put a stop to the financial drain from the region," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The ASEAN Football Feder ...

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04/18/13
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Badminton is set to "introduce technology to review disputed line-calls." The Badminton World Federation said that "a test set-up will be used at next month's Sudirman Cup in Malaysia before the new system goes live at the Indonesian Open in September" ( XINHUA, 4/17 ). ... The Pakistan Tennis Fed ...

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04/17/13
Ecclestone: Race Will Go As Scheduled

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has assured protesters in Bahrain that he "understands their grievances and is willing to meet opposition figures ahead of the most controversial F1 race of the year this weekend," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. Ecclestone: "I'm happy to talk to anybody about this, as ...

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04/17/13
Doncaster Defends Role In SPL Failure

Scottish Premier League CEO Neil Doncaster "has defended his role in the failure of the 12 SPL clubs to agree to restructuring plans," according to the BBC. He said, "No chief executive is in a position to drive through change against the views of his clubs." Meanwhile, Scotland's former First Minis ...

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04/17/13
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The leading candidate for the presidency of the Asian Football Confederation, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, "has been implicated in a series of human rights abuses in his home country of Bahrain where he is a member of the ruling Royal family" ( INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/16 ). ... The Pak ...

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04/16/13
Serie A Requests Lower League Reform

Serie A will "request a major reform of the Italian league system by seeking changes that would allow its reserve teams to play in the country’s lower leagues," according to SOCCEREX. The league "will make its proposal to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC)." The move "is designed to boost ...

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04/16/13
No Restructuring For SPL

Plans to restructure Scottish football "looked dead" on Monday after Scottish Premier League clubs St. Mirren and Ross County "vetoed the proposals at a Scottish Premier League meeting," according to Stephen Halliday of the SCOTSMAN. SPL club Aberdeen Chair Stewart Milne "emerged from the talks to ...

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