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Labour Party Floats Levy On EPL TV Rights To Support Grassroots Football

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 24 / 14

Britain's Labour Party has accused Premier League clubs of "not contributing enough to grassroots football and suggested that they may be compelled to pay a levy on revenue from television rights," according to Pickard & Blitz of the FINANCIAL TIMES. Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman "is a...

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08/30/13
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08/30/13
Olympic Notes

The Madrid 2020 Olympic bid "is not among the cities favored by betting houses." Tokyo is the current favorite to host the Olympics and Istanbul is the second option preferred. For bookmaker William Hill, Tokyo is paying out at 1.5-1, Istanbul at 3.75-1 and Madrid at 5.4-1. For Ladbroke, Tokyo bets ...

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08/28/13
AIFF President, Ex-Olympian Slam IOA

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08/28/13
Olympic Notes

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08/27/13
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08/26/13
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