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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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FIBA Women's Olympic Teams Announced

Following the FIBA (Int'l Basketball Federation) Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France and Turkey completed the line-up. The trials were held in Ankara, Turkey, and along with the teams, the schedule has been finalized as well. Immediately after the tournam ...

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Beckham's Olympic Omission Causes Stir

British Olympic officials are "keen to find a significant role" for David Beckham at the Games after the former England football captain was left out of the Team GB football squad by coach Stuart Pearce, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Beckham, 37, "played a key part in securing the ...

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LOCOG Says Games On Budget

LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton said that the $7.8M in “unaccounted contingency remains constant within the LOCOG operating budget” of $3.4B, according to Jacquelin Magnay of the London TELEGRAPH. Deighton said, "We are estimating to land right on target, there is a bit of movement on both sides ...

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Top Chinese Tennis Player Slams Federation

China's top tennis player Li Na "slammed her tennis federation after being blindsided by their decision to enter her into the Olympic doubles tournament," according to REUTERS. The 2011 French Open champion was named in the women's singles and doubles in an entry list released by the Int'l Tennis Fe ...

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Olympics Notes

A group of residents are "expected to launch legal proceedings against proposals to station surface-to-air missiles on the roof of their tower block" during the Olympics. Solicitors acting for the local authority tenants said they "are mounting a challenge against Ministry of Defence plans" to poten ...

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Final Month Of Preparations For London

London moved into the final month of preparations for hosting the Olympic Games on Wednesday with "a new landmark to greet visitors, and a warning that some others would not be welcome," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. London Mayor Boris Johnson and LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe watched as "a gia ...

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Euro 2012, Olympics Encourage Spending

Despite difficult economic conditions in Europe, more than one-fifth of the continent’s sports fans said they intended to increase their usual consumer spending this summer during Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games, according to a study released this week by Havas Sports & Entertainment and C ...

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LOCOG: 80% Of Olympics Tickets Sold

More than 80% of all Olympics tickets, or 7 million, "have now been sold," according to Gordon Farquhar of the BBC. LOCOG said that a million were bought in the last month and several thousand "were yet to be made available." The most tickets remaining were for volleyball, boxing, weightlifting and ...

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YouView Making Debut For London Games

YouView, the "long delayed internet TV service being backed by several of the U.K.’s largest broadcasters and broadband providers," will be revealed next week ahead of the Olympic Games, according to Daniel Thomas of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Boxes are "not expected to be widely available until lat ...

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The Wealthy Win At The Olympics

The “Modeling Olympic Performance” from PricewaterhouseCoopers revealed that the “richest countries win the most medals” at the Olympic Games, according to Olivia Derreumaux of LEFIGARO. For the study, the group used a model that included many economico-political factors incl ...

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