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European Champions Cup Expected To Have Commercial, Broadcast Deals Done By Sept.

04 / 17 / 14

The architects of the new European Champions Cup rugby tournament "expect to have all commercial and broadcasting deals nailed down by September at the latest," according to Chris Hewett of the London INDEPENDENT. Only then will those "mourning the passing of the Heineken Cup understand why the uphe...

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No DFL Goal-Line Technology Until 2015

The German Football League (DFL), the commercial rights holder of the Bundesliga, revealed Friday that goal-line technology will not be implemented in the Bundesliga before July 1, 2015. The decision was made as part of the league's offical game-ball tender process for the '14-15 season. A further a ...

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03/25/13
Calls For Aussie Basketball Changes

National Basketball League players "have expressed fears the competition is at the crossroads, declaring it is time to consider scrapping the player rankings system, lifting the salary cap and moving the season," according to Jon Pierik of THE AGE. NBL Players Association President Jacob Holmes said ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Australia

03/25/13
Ads Blamed For NRL Fans Betting

Former Tom Brock scholar James Connor said that the ''normalisation'' of betting in rugby league may be the reason for a "dramatic disparity between the gambling habits of the code's supporters compared to the general population," according to David Sygall of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Figures provi ...

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03/25/13
Bernie Ecclestone Wants Rio Grand Prix

If F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has his way, Rio de Janeiro "could go back to hosting the F1 grand prix in the near future," according to GLOBO ESPORTE. Ecclestone is "not satisfied with the infrastructure" of the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo and has talked to Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes about possibly ha ...

Tags: Brazil, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Formula One

03/25/13
League Notes

The Golden Indonesia Program's (Prima) Head of Martial Arts Silvia Kristina said that "budget delays are hampering Indonesia’s preparations for major sports events and the government is to blame for neglecting the issue." Kristina "warned athletes were at a disadvantage and may not be abl ...

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03/22/13
Greg Dyke Hired As New FA Chairman

Former BBC Dir General Greg Dyke "is to become the next chairman of the Football Association," according to to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. The 65-year-old has been proposed by the FA exec board as "the preferred candidate to take over from David Bernstein as independent chairman." His appo ...

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03/22/13
FIFA Advisor Says Overhaul Needed

FIFA Presidential Advisor Jerome Champagne said that football has reached the point where it must "choose between becoming an elitist sport, dominated by a handful of rich clubs and leagues, or a universal one," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Champagne said that the sport "needed a radical ...

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03/22/13
Helicopters Crash At Berlin Olympic Stadium

Two police helicopters "collided over Berlin's iconic Olympic Stadium during a securtiy exercise," killing one of the pilots, according to the LONDON TIMES. The aircraft "crashed at low altitude during a spring snowstorm" as it "practised for operations against football hooligans." Four people were ...

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03/22/13
NRL Sharks Defend Legal Expenses

National Rugby League Cronulla Sharks board member Craig Douglas "defended the money his club was spending on legal advice to navigate the Sharks through the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation as a 'necessity,'" but refused to confirm suggestions advisor and former ASADA depu ...

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03/21/13
ASADA Wants To Interview 31 NRL Players

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