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Michelin Says Tires Used In Formula E Could Hit Roads In Three To Five Years

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 01 / 15

Michelin’s involvement in Formula E is accelerating the implementation of new developments in road tires, according to a senior exec at the company. The technological aspect is one of three pillars Michelin looks at when entering a motorsports series, said Chris Baker, motorsports director at...

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Sky Deutschland Advises Against Sale

Sky Deutschland "advised its investors not to sell their shares to sister pay-TV operator Sky " as part of the latter’s £5B ($8B) European consolidation, according to Henry Mance of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The widely-expected move by Sky Deutschland will not stop the creation of "Sky Europ ...

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09/18/14
Media Notes

A Virgin Media TV ad starring Usain Bolt "has been banned for having insufficient information." The ad has been banned by The Advertising Standards Authority following complaints by BT and Sky, which claimed the broadband provider’s website was "misleading." BT challenged whether a claim in th ...

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09/17/14
Orange Polska Sells Sports Channel

Orange Polska "has sold its proprietary channel Orange Sport to RMVC for an undisclosed fee," according to Chris Dziadul of BROADBAND TV NEWS. RMVC "is owned by the entrepreneur Roman Mlodowski, who was for a number of years the head of TVN CNBC." Orange Sport "is distributed by all major cable and ...

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09/17/14
FIBA Final Draws Just 1.47 Million

The FIBA World Cup "did not have a dream final for either its fans or for Mediaset," according to Fernando Morales of EL PAIS. The "unexpected elimination" of Spain in the quarterfinals "was a very heavy burden for an audience that chose TVE-1 and Antena 3 on Sunday night." Just 1.47 million viewers ...

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09/16/14
Wasserman Picks Up $100M Investment

Wasserman Media Group has received a $100M "investment from Silicon Valley-based Madrone Capital Partners," an investment group funded by the Wal-Mart-founding Walton family, according to Tripp Mickle of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The investment is "the second that Wasserman Media Group has taken since ...

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09/16/14
UEFA To Introduce 'Week Of Football'

UEFA will "introduce what it calls the 'Week of Football,'" according to Gabriele Marcotti of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The idea "is simple." For most of the season, there is some kind of top-notch football on TV "every night of the week." The exception "has been international breaks." On those occas ...

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09/16/14
Quarter Million Watches FIBA Final

German sports channel Sport1 "recorded a quarter million viewers to its broadcast of the FIBA World Cup final on Sunday," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. The channel attracted an average of 250,000 viewers starting at 8:45pm. The number translated into a market share of 0.8%. In the target demo ...

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Kabaddi Second Most Watched Sport

The Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) "was sampled by 435 million viewers in India over its five-week run," according to the PTI. This makes it the "second-most viewed sporting tournament in the country after the annual twenty-20 tournament Indian Premier League," which in its '14 edition was vie ...

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AFA's Social Media Presence On The Rise

Newly appointed Argentine FA Communications Dir Marcelo Tinelli "will be officially introduced" on Oct. 1, according to CLARIN. While "thinking and planning, he is breathing easy because the Argentine national teams are on track with a strong presence on Twitter and Facebook, where the AFA is close ...

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