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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and the country's first privately-owned indoor sports facility, Beeline Arena, formalized a two-year Memorandum of Understanding Friday. The MoU is renewable and subject to an annual review. Sports federations will be allowed "easy, affordable access" to th ...

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LOCOG To Break Even After 2012 Games

London 2012 organizers have said that "they remain 'on track' to balance the books before the dissolution of the organizing committee this year, although there may be no money left over for the British Olympic Association," according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. The cash-strapped BOA, whic ...

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IOC Leaning Toward Dropping Pentathlon

After months of evaluation, the IOC's "decision will come next week" on which sport to remove from the Olympics, and "the century-old competition of modern pentathlon appears the most at risk," according to Stephen Wilson of the AP. The IOC exec board will meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, and announce ...

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JOC Seeks To Eliminate Violence

The Japanese Olympic Committee interviewed representatives of 31 Olympic national sport federations over two days last week as part of its new initiative to eliminate violence from sports. No incident of violence or harassment has been reported. The JOC will conduct further investigations with top a ...

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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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