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Lionel Messi Misses First Day Of Spanish Tax Fraud Trial Due To Injury

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 01 / 16

The trial of Lionel Messi on charges of tax evasion "opened in Barcelona on Tuesday," but injury prevented football's five-time World Player of the Year from attending, according to Garcia & Berwick of REUTERS. The Barcelona player "will be in court on Thursday to testify." Messi and his father,...

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Asian Tour Chief Says Outlook Positive

Asian Tour CEO Mike Kerr said that "the outlook for golf in the continent is positive again after a difficult few years which saw tournaments scrapped and sponsors hard to find," according to the AFP. February "will see the long-established Maybank Malaysian Open followed by two new co-sanctioned As ...

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LTA Prize Funding Cut Sparks Fury

The "austerity regime" at the Lawn Tennis Association "is coming under renewed fire after more than a dozen of the country’s leading clubs signed an open letter objecting to cuts in prize-money for the national league -- otherwise known as AEGON Team Tennis," according to Simon Briggs of the L ...

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League Notes

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone said Friday night that "he is determined to force through cost cuts on Formula One teams after the failure of talks on Thursday." Two teams -- Caterham and Marussia -- "have gone bust in the past two months and Ecclestone said their demise has been fuelled by this year&rsquo ...

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Match-Fixing Law Doesn't Go Far Enough

Sports law specialist Aaron Lloyd "has welcomed the criminalisation of match-fixing" that has passed into law in New Zealand this week, but said that the legislation should go even further, according to Dylan Cleaver of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. Lloyd said that "the Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bil ...

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Ecclestone Pushes For Engine Changes

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone "will make a further attempt to cut the sport’s costs," according to Ian Parkes of the PA. Much of the blame for the financial crisis that engulfed F1 last season, forcing Marussia out of business and Caterham into administration, "was laid at the door of the new V6 en ...

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FIBA Says JBA Facing Serious Issues

FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "repeatedly stated that the Japan Basketball Association’s 'lack of vision' is a fundamental problem stunting the sport’s development throughout the nation," according to Ed Odeven of the JAPAN TIMES. Baumann spoke with "an authoritative tone about ...

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PCB To Donate Proceeds To Families

Pakistan "will donate all proceeds from Wednesday's one-day international with New Zealand to the victims of this week's Peshawar school massacre," according to the BBC. The Pakistani Taliban attacked the Army Public School in the city on Tuesday, which resulted in at least 141 deaths. The Pakistan ...

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Dick Pound To Investigate Allegations

Former World Anti-Doping Agency President Dick Pound will "head an independent commission investigating allegations of systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia," according to the PA. The lawyer will chair the three-man commission and will be joined by a "fellow Canadian, Professor Richard McLaren, ...

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Ecclestone Wins Battle For F1 Control

F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has won his battle to retain control of Formula 1 after ex-Diageo CEO Paul Walsh “walked away from plans to become chairman of the F1 board,” according to Roger Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. F1’s major shareholder CVC Capital Partners co-Founder Donald Mack ...

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Supreme Court Asks BCCI For List

India's Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to "place before it a list of administrators and players having various commercial interests," including in Indian Premier League and the Champions League, according to the PTI. The court sought the information when the ...

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