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British Pubs Turn Away From Using Live Sports To Attract Customers

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 28 / 14

Pub companies and landlords "are turning their back on live sport as a magnet for attracting customers and darkening their TVs instead, signalling the decline in a relationship that was integral to the development of the Premier League and Sky," according to Blitz & Mance of the FINANCIAL TIMES....

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The IOC delegation started its four-day visit in Istanbul on Saturday "after paying visits to other candidate cities Tokyo and Madrid." The group "will make visits to the sports facilities in Istanbul, including the 76,000-seat Ataturk Olympic Stadium, and the 52,000-seat Seyrantepe Stadium" ( XINH ...

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03/22/13
Madrid's 2020 Bid Expects Good Review

Madrid 2020 Olympics bid President Alejandro Blanco said he "expects the Spanish capital will receive the highest technical score" when the IOC Evaluation Commission publishes its reports on all three candidate cities, according to the AFP. Madrid received a higher score than Tokyo and Istanbul afte ...

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03/21/13
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03/21/13
Fans Must Be Educated About Paralympics

Russian Paralympic Committee head Mikhail Terentiev said Wednesday "the country’s sports fans must be educated to view next year’s Paralympics in Sochi as real sport rather than a 'charity drive,'" according to R-SPORT. Terentiev said that "spectators disturbed blind athletes by shouting ...

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03/21/13
Japan Committee Cuts Judo Funding

The Japanese Olympic Committee said Tuesday that it "has cut funding for the All Japan Judo Federation and ordered it to take preventive measures as punishment for coaches' abusive training of female judokas," according to the AP. The JOC also cancelled a $260,000 "annual subsidy for the federation ...

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03/20/13
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03/19/13
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03/19/13
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