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Sponsorship Deals Hit New Highs Across European Football; FIFA Gets Reality Check

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 23 / 14

Sports marketers had a banner year in 2014, as the Premier League nailed down its reputation as the most marketable football league and major int'l events like the World Cup and the Olympics raked in sponsorship millions. FIFA scored with the World Cup, but the football organization was stung at yea...

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08/21/14
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Knights Complain Of Racial Discrimination

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08/21/14
ASC To Investigate Australian Athletics

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08/21/14
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Ferrari Drivers Top F1's Salary List

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