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AOC President John Coates Linked To Multi-Million-Dollar Advertising Monopoly

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 24 / 17

If there is one exchange that "sums up the relationship between the Australian Olympic Committee and a little-known company that has long controlled the rights to sell and market the Olympic brand in Australia," it comes in a leaked email from AOC President John Coates, according to Mark Hawthorne o...

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