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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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01/25/13
League Notes

UK Athletics has unveiled a new brand and will be known as British Athletics. The new name will be on show for the first time at the British Athletics Glasgow Int'l Match at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday ( ATHLETICS WEEKLY, 1/24 ). ... The IOC has denied "asking Russia's government to ...

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01/24/13
Taxpayers Pay Millions To Host F1 Race

Victorians are paying more than A$30M ($31.7M) a year for the right to host the Australian F1 Grand Prix "under a top-secret deal" with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, according to Hudson & Johnston of the HERALD SUN. Grand prix documents show the overall cost of Ecclestone's licence fee -- "kept secr ...

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01/24/13
UK Sport, Sport England Merger Scrapped

The U.K. government has confirmed that the planned merger of elite funding body UK Sport and grassroots organization Sport England, responsible for investing £375M ($594M) a year of public money between them, "has been scrapped," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Sports Minister ...

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01/24/13
Pakistan Admits Warning May Affect PSL

Pakistan on Wednesday "tried to brush aside security worries over its first major Twenty20 league but admitted a warning from the international players association not to take part may have an impact," according to the AFP. Pakistan Super League adviser Haroon Lorgat insisted that the dire warnings ...

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01/23/13
India's American Football League 'Unnoticed'

Season one of the Indian American football league "passed by mostly unnoticed," according to Ranjita Ganesan of the Indian BUSINESS STANDARD. Launched in '11, Elite Football League of India, the first men's professional American football league in the subcontinent, "has not garnered much interest." ...

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01/23/13
AITA VP Questions Selection Process

All India Tennis Association VP Karti Chidambaram "has criticised the association’s handling of the selection of the Indian Davis Cup team" for the tie against South Korea, according to THE HINDU. In an open letter to the other VPs of the AITA, Karti questioned why the selection meeting could ...

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01/23/13
Cricket Players Warned Over PSL Safety

Int'l cricketers "are being strongly advised to reject lucrative offers from Pakistan's new Twenty20 league because of security concerns," according to Sam Sheringham of the BBC. Organizers of the $100M Pakistan Super League said that they "have had interest from England, South Africa and Australia. ...

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01/23/13
F1 Teams To Participate In Formula E

Multiple F1 teams "are in negotiations about a possible involvement in Formula E," according to Sylt & Reid of MOTORSPORT TOTAL. The new series for formula cars with electric engines, which was created by motorsports governing body FIA, will debut in '14. It is expected that former F1 drivers al ...

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01/23/13
ITF To Increase Doping Controls In '13

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and other leading tennis players calling for increased blood testing in tennis "could get their wish" in '13 with the introduction of athlete biological passports to the sport, according to Simon Cambers of REUTERS. The biological passport is a "method of monitoring selec ...

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01/23/13
League Notes

Japan's professional football league, the J.League, announced Tuesday that it "intends to develop" a third tier, J.League Division 3, starting in '14. The plan would see about 10 teams from the current Japan Football League and other local leagues participate. They will "carefully review the potenti ...

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