The LONDON TIMES concluded its Power 100 list of sport's most influential people last week by naming Premier League CEO RICHARD SCUDAMORE No. 1. The Premier League has secured £5.5B (8.3B) in broadcast deals over the next three years, and "there is no sign of the bubble bursting for English club football despite long-repeated warnings that it was unsustainable." Scudamore's job is "making the business work, as well as maintaining harmony around the boardroom table, but that is possible only if the sport is worth watching." For the foreseeable future, Britain, and the rest of the world, "seem happy to be gripped by the weekly drama as attendances in the top division reach a record 95 per cent capacity this season, despite complaints over high ticket prices." Rounding out the Times' top five is BOA Chair SEBASTIAN COE, FIFA President SEPP BLATTER, Emir of Qatar SHEIKH HAMAD BIN KHALIFA AL-THANI and IOC President JACQUES ROGGE. For a full list of the top 100, click here (LONDON TIMES, 3/30).
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Former Int'l Rugby Board CEO MIKE MILLER has been named the first World Olympians Association CEO. Miller officially started his new role Monday. Miller "stood down" as IRB CEO in January, 2012 after 10 years with the Dublin-based world governing body (INSIDE THE GAMES, 4/1). ... EPL Sunderland DAVID MILIBAND stepped down from his role as vice-chair and non-exec director Saturday (London TELEGRAPH, 3/31).
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South African sprinter OSCAR PISTORIUS "would be welcomed back to certain athletics meetings when he decides to return to competition," his agent PEET VAN ZYL claimed. Pistorius is allowed to travel abroad for competitions "after a judge changed his bail restrictions earlier this week as he awaits trial for killing his girlfriend." Although van Zyl has said that "any return will be the sole decision of Pistorius," he does not believe event organizers will be put off with the pending court case (London TELEGRAPH, 4/1). ... Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain President NASSER AL-KHELAIFI has confirmed he wants DAVID BECKHAM "to extend his stay at the club." Al-Khelaifi: "He is very happy in Paris. Frankly, we want to keep him with us next season." Beckham has started once and made four substitute appearances since signing in January, "while PSG are top of Ligue 1 and through to the Champions League quarter-finals against Barcelona" (BBC, 4/1). ...South Korean PGA Tour veteran CHOI KYUNG-JU “will enter the Asia Pacific Golf Hall of Fame.” IMG Korea said that Choi, 42, “will enter the hall in a special induction ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia in November, during the 2013 Asia Pacific Golf Summit” (YONHAP, 1/4). … Cycling champion SARAH LEE WAI-SZE “was appointed as Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) Ambassador Wednesday, and became the second athlete named as this title” following the same appointment of WONG KAM-PO in ’11 (XINHUA, 1/4).
Red Bull driver MARK WEBBER: "Stopped in my tracks. He's on a mission the little fella." (see picture)
Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "If I were #Juventus I'd be worried after having seen @FCBayern's dazzling game against Hamburg tonight #championsleague #fcbayern"
Drayson Racing Owner PAUL DRAYSON: "Latest news @MichelinTyres confirmed as official tyre supplier for @FIAformulaE electric race series."
Daily Telegraph's PAUL HAYWARD: "At the very least Sunderland might have guessed that complicating a relegation battle with a political brouhaha was not going to help."
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