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Hangin' With ... The Aspire Group Director Of Australian Operations Ben Pincus

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 30 / 15

The Aspire Group Director of Australian Operations BEN PINCUS is managing a collaborative initiative with the National Rugby League that recently opened the first centralized Fan Relationship Management Center devoted exclusively to outbound sales calls in the history of the NRL. Pincus's team of ...

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02/28/14
Russia Sees No Wrong In Inhaling Xenon

A top Russian official said that the use of the gas xenon to improve the performance of athletes "is not banned and there would be 'nothing wrong' if Russian athletes were using it," according to the AFP. Germany’s WDR television this week and other reports this month "claimed that top Russian ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia

02/27/14
London Aquatics Centre Opens To Public

For the first time since the Olympics and Paralympics, the London Aquatics Centre "will open its doors to the public," for as little as £3.50 ($5.80) per session, with the London Legacy Development Corp. describing this Saturday's venue relaunch "as a key moment in the aftermath of the Games," ...

Tags: Olympics, United Kingdom

02/27/14
HK Sports Officials To Stand Down

Three aging Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee VPs will be replaced next month "amid criticism of its domination by a small cadre who have power over the selection of athletes for the Olympics, Asian Games and other multi-sport events," according to Chan Kin-wa of the SOUTH CHINA MORN ...

Tags: Olympics, China

02/25/14
Rio Now On The Clock For '16 Games

With the Sochi Games concluding Sunday, the Olympic spotlight is "now turning from Eastern Europe to South America" and the 2016 Rio Games, according to NBC's Natalie Morales. NBC's Bill Neely reports shifting from Sochi to Rio "could hardly be more different than this." Rio is the first South Amer ...

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02/25/14
Team GB Set To Receive Funding Boost

UK Sport said that it "expects to increase funding for winter sports" following Great Britain's record-equaling Winter Olympic performance in Sochi, according to Nick Hope of the BBC. Team GB won four medals in Sochi, which "matched their total from the inaugural Winter Olympics in 1924 in France." ...

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02/24/14
YouTube Completes Sochi Streaming

YouTube has finished streaming the Olympics live in 17 countries across Central and South America and offering video-on-demand services in 75 additional countries. The effort was one of the largest YouTube has undertaken for a Winter Games, said Claude Ruibal, YouTube’s global head of sports c ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia

02/24/14
Bach: Sochi Games Proved Critics Wrong

IOC President Thomas Bach on Sunday said that the Sochi Winter Games "set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Bach said that "Russian government support and President Vladi ...

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02/24/14
S. Korea Prepares For Next Winter Games

As the Winter Olympics drew to a close in Russia, "the eyes of the sporting world turned to the South Korean town of PyeongChang, the host of the next Winter Games in 2018," according to YONHAP. The Olympic Flag was handed over from Sochi to PyeongChang during the closing ceremony at Fisht Olympic S ...

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02/24/14
Facebook, McMorris Lead Social Media

As the Sochi Games come to a close, Facebook has passed Instagram as the social network with the most interactions, with 60% of total fan interactions. In second was Instagram with 32%, followed by 8% for Twitter. In a new report by Hookit, 885 int'l athletes were tracked on social media for the tim ...

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02/24/14
Olympic Notes

Swedish hockey player Nicklas Backstrom "became the sixth athlete to test positive at the Winter Olympics." Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr "was revealed on Sunday to have tested positive for blood-boosting drug EPO before the Games" ( BBC, 2/23 ). ... India has sought input from the I ...

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