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Australian Comm Minister Turnbull Says 'No Practical Way' To Change Anti-Siphoning

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 26 / 15

A "legal quagmire is blocking a ­solution to the escalating fight over the broadcast rights" for the Australian Football League and National Rugby League, as expert advisers "warn Malcolm Turnbull against trying to legislate a compromise between rival media companies," according to David Crowe of TH...

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01/29/15
IOC Dismisses Saudi-Bahrain Bid Idea

The IOC "shot down a suggestion by a Saudi Arabian official Tuesday that the ultraconservative nation could seek to co-host the Olympics with neighboring Bahrain by having male and female athletes compete in separate countries," according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. Prince Fahad bin Jalawi Al Saud, ...

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01/28/15
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01/27/15
Al-Thani Says Qatar Bid 'Inevitable'

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01/27/15
Rio Mayor Wants Golf Course Privately Run

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01/26/15
Montezemolo Likely To Lead Rome's Bid

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01/26/15
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01/21/15
Tokyo To Spend $380M On Hydrogen

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01/20/15
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