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Formula E Putting Reach Before Revenue, Studying UFC Model

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 17 / 17

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag is "putting reach before revenue, and casting an envious glance" at UFC and Conor McGregor, "as he seeks to grow his electric car racing series," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. The Spaniard said on Wednesday that Formula E, which will start its fourth season in Ho...

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FIBA Launches Champions League

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Navratilova Hits Out In Equal Pay Row

Martina Navratilova criticized Novak Djokovic after the world No. 1 claimed that "male tennis players should be awarded more prize money than their female counterparts," according to Ziegler & Flatman of the LONDON TIMES. All grand slam tournaments "have paid equal money to both genders since Wi ...

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Formula E Launches Virtual Championship

Formula E has launched a virtual championship for its fans that will be held alongside its actual races. The virtual championship -- called "Race Off Pro Series" -- will be comprised of at least four online rounds, which will serve as a preview to the on-track action ahead of the Formula E races in ...

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IAAF President Says Nothing Is Off Table

IAAF President Sebastian Coe is "promising nothing is off the table as he tries to rebuild the savaged sport," according to Steve Keating of REUTERS. With his sport "battered by doping scandals, and deserted by fans and sponsors, there has been no honeymoon period for Coe." Overseeing his ...

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Alonso Crash Puts Focus On 'Halo' Device

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NFL Planning To Play More Int'l Games

The NFL has not shied away from expanding its reach overseas. The league is returning to Mexico City in '16 and has been open about its aspirations to go above and beyond its second home in England. According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, that could involve a regular-season game in China as early as ...

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Djokovic: Men Should Fight For More Money

Novak Djokovic has angered the Women's Tennis Association by claiming that "men's tennis players should earn more prize money because they contribute more towards ticket sales," according to the LONDON TIMES. Djokovic made the statement when "asked about comments made earlier" by Indian Wells CEO Ra ...

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League Notes

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Report: Zak Brown Could Take Over F1

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