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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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IOC President Promises Bidding Overhaul

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10/23/14
IOC To Discuss Kosovo Recognition

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10/22/14
Kazakhstan Seeks Foreign Investment

Should Almaty, Kazakhstan be selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the Kazakhstan Ministry of Culture & Sports "has decided to use a mixed model of funding for the Games," according to AKI PRESS. The Ministry reportedly said that the country "would have to cover only a t ...

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IOC Seeking Bid Cities For 2024 Games

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