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FIBA World Cup Court Provider Connor Sports Embracing Company's Biggest Int'l Project

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 22 / 14

Viewers tuning into FIBA World Cup games in August and September will notice consistent but distinct designs on the courts at the venues in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, Bilbao and Gran Canaria. One of two companies -- along with FIBA presenting partner Beko -- with a brand prese...

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06/26/14
IOC, Tokyo Review Venue Plans

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06/20/14
Sochi Organizers Post $261M Profit

The 2014 Sochi Olympics "posted a provisional surplus" of $261M, according to the AP. The figure is $119M higher than a previous profit figure reported in April, but "is still dwarfed by the government subsidies given to the organizing committee," valued at $420M in December. The Sochi organizing co ...

Tags: Olympics, Russia

06/19/14
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