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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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Russia Waives Visa For Foreign Athletes

The Kremlin announced Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin "has signed a decree waiving the visa requirement for foreign athletes, coaches and other staff" attending int'l sports events in Russia, according to Ria Novosti of the MOSCOW NEWS. Athletes are to pour into Russia over the next fiv ...

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Olympic Notes

Amateur boxing could lose more than £10M ($15M) of its funding in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympics "due to an increasingly-bitter dispute" between the British Amateur Boxing Association and the Scottish Amateur Boxing Association ( BOX REC, 5/12 ). ... Top Indian Olympic Associ ...

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Cameron, Putin Renew Security Ties

British PM David Cameron said on Friday that "security services will renew cooperation with their Russian counterparts for the first time since London suspended such ties" after the '06 killing of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, according to the MOSCOW TIMES. In a move that suggests rel ...

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Olympic Notes

NHL representatives and int'l hockey and Olympic officials met in Stockholm "in a new round of talks aimed at securing an agreement for the league's participation in the Sochi Games." While no final deal was reached, "all sides indicated they expect the NHL will send players to the Olympics for a fi ...

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Indian Officials To Boycott IOC Meeting

A crucial meeting on India’s bid to return to the Olympic fold "was thrown into doubt Thursday when a senior Indian Olympic Association official objected to the IOC inviting a rival faction to the talks," according to C. Rajshekhar Rao of the AP. IOA acting President Vijay Kumar Malhotra, who ...

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Blanco Makes Case For Madrid 2020

Spain Olympic Committee (COE) President Alejandro Blanco spoke Thursday in Bogotá, Colombia, "where he said the Madrid 2020 bid 'is not a project, but an obsession,'" according to the EFE. Blanco, addressing a forum of the Colombian Olympic Committee, said, "First, it's a dream that becomes a ...

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U.K. Sees 31K Jobs Created By Olympics

Preliminary government figures revealed that more than 30,000 new jobs "were created last year on the back of the Olympics" as foreign investors poured more than £2.5B ($3.9B) into the U.K., according to Phillip Inman of the London GUARDIAN. British Trade & Investment Minister Stephen Keit ...

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DOSB Boss Seeks To Replace Rogge

German Olympic Sports Association ( DOSB ) President Thomas Bach on Thursday "announced his candidacy for the IOC presidency," according to BILD . Bach said, "Yesterday, I first informed IOC President Jacques Rogge , then the IOC members and today the member organizations of the DOSB of ...

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Doping Scandal Could Hurt Madrid Bid

Spain’s image "has taken a major blow, but now the question is whether the controversial court ruling on the doping scandal known as 'Operation Puerto' will have a direct effect on the Madrid 2020 Olympic bid," according to Ignacio Naya of BUSINESS DAY LIVE. Welsh road cycling 2008 Beijing Gol ...

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ANZ Tries To Offload Sydney Stadium

ANZ bank has offered to sell Sydney's Olympic Stadium back to the state government for A$100M ($102M) because "it is fed up with a lack of government investment in the project," according to Andrew Clennell of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. It may have "showcased Sydney to the world" in '00, but ANZ St ...

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