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SAP Co-Founder Dietmar Hopp To Become Majority Owner Of TSG Hoffenheim

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 19 / 14

SAP co-Founder Dietmar Hopp "is expected to become the majority owner of Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim" in '15, according to the SID. The German Football League (DFL) on Thursday confirmed that Hopp "will be allowed to take over the majority ownership on July 1." Hopp is therefore avoiding the so-c...

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Japan To Scale Down Olympic Stadium Plans

Japan "is scaling down the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, following an uproar from some prominent architects who believe that it is too big and expensive," according to the AP. Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura has told lawmakers the stadium, which has been designed by award-winning Briti ...

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Top Australian Sports Bodies Join Forces

Australia's leading Olympic sports organizations, the Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Institute of Sport, "have joined forces for the first time to lift the Australian team out of the medal slump it experienced at last year's London Games," according to ...

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Cost Of Tokyo Stadium Could Reach $3B

Japan Sports Minister Hakubun Shimomura said Wednesday that construction of Tokyo's new National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics could cost up to 300B yen ($3B), according to KYODO. Shimomura said that the "government will consider scaling back the project because the estimated amount is 'too massive. ...

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Bach: No LGBT Discrimination At Games

IOC President Thomas Bach wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday to say that the IOC is confident the Russian government will not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender athletes, coaches or spectators during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The letter was sent in response to a l ...

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Jamaica Risks Olympic Ban Over Doping

Jamaica is on the brink of being cast into the int'l wilderness Sunday night after the World Anti-Doping Agency "vowed to take action that could mean the island is deemed non-compliant with its drug-testing responsibilities," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. WADA President John Fahey ...

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Olympic Notes

Scientists from the Russian space agency "have been drafted in to improve the performance of the country's bobsled and luge teams." In the latest example of Russia's government "lavishing resources on athletes to chase medals" at the country's first home Winter Olympics, the Roskosmos agency "will p ...

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DOSB Demands Extra $52M From Ministry

The German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) said that "it needs more money in order to win medals at the 2016 Rio Games," according to SPIEGEL ONLINE. The DOSB reportedly needs an additional €38M ($52M) annually. It "will allegedly submit a corresponding claim to the German Interior Ministry." ...

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Politicians To Decide On Barcelona '22 Bid

Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias on Monday requested that Spanish political parties the "Convergencia i Union" (CiU), Party of Catalan Socialists (PSC), Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and the People's Party (PPC) "decide within three days whether they will give a 'yes' to Barcelona's possible 2022 W ...

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Olympic Notes

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Alligator Worries At Olympics Golf Venue

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