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Football League Agent Fees Fall By 18% During '13-14 Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 29 / 14

The latest publication of Football League clubs' spending on agents' fees has revealed that clubs committed a total of £17.7M to agents during the '13-14 season, a reduction of 18% on the previous year (£21.5M). Championship clubs accounted for £14.7M of the total, with League One ...

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Putin Fires Russian Olympic Committee VP

Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired Akhmed Bilalov, a senior official on the Russian Olympic Committee, "because of delays in construction work for the 2014 Winter Games," which begin in one year, according to Ilya Arkhipov of BLOOMBERG. Deputy PM Dmitry Kozak said that Bilalov will be dismis ...

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Olympic Notes

South Korean football player Park Jong-woo will attend an upcoming disciplinary meeting at the IOC "to make his case regarding a controversial post-match celebration at the London Olympics" ( YONHAP, 2/7 ). ... In "what is tantamount to a ringing endorsement of the Pakistan Olympic Association and ...

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Group Claims Sochi Workers Exploited

A human rights group said that migrant workers helping Russia prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are "being cheated out of wages and denied adequate rest, food and housing," according to Sonia Elks of REUTERS. A senior Russian official said that the accusations by N.Y.-based Human Rights ...

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Olympics Notes

The Int'l Paralympic Committee has awarded the 2013 IPC Shooting European Championships to Alicante, Spain. The event, organized by Club Lucetum, will be held from Oct. 18-26. The event will be the first gathering of int'l athletes since the London Paralympics. More than 350 athletes from 35 countri ...

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NZ Capital To Host Its Special Olympics

Wellington, New Zealand "has been chosen to host" the National Summer Games in '17, according to Alex Fensome of FAIRFAX NZ NEWS. The Games are the country's "biggest event for people with learning disabilities." More than 1,700 athletes, 500 coaches and 1,000 volunteers "will descend on the city" f ...

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Winter Olympics Host Lacking Snow

The next host of the Winter Games, Sochi, is "struggling with a lack of snow as it prepares to stage test events for the Games over the next three weeks," just one year before the Games begin, according to Nicole Jeffery of THE AUSTRALIAN. The Sochi organizing committee announced Monday it was cance ...

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Istanbul 2020 Bid Adds New Airport Plan

The tender to build the world's largest airport in Istanbul, Turkey has been officially opened, reinforcing Istanbul 2020’s plan for quick, comfortable and convenient transport solutions for all athletes, and the wider Olympic family, should Turkey be awarded its first Olympic and Paralympic G ...

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British Basketball Gets Olympic Funding

British Basketball has "received a funding reprieve in the wake of a high-profile campaign against UK Sport's decision to axe its Olympic programme," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. In January, the funding agency said that the sport "had not done enough to prove it could win a medal ...

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Japan's Judo Coach Resigns Over Claims

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Russia Spent More Than $36B On Games

Documents prepared for a first meeting of the state commission responsible for preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games revealed that Russia spent 1.1T rubles ($36.7B) "on preparatory events" for the Sochi Games by the start of '13, according to the IANS. Investors spent 737B rubles ($24.6B) of t ...

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