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Volume 10 No. 26


The Regional Court of Appeal in Koblenz, Germany decided that the Nürburgring Operating Corp. (NBG) "is allowed to provide the racetrack to F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone," according to Norman Fischer of MOTORSPORT TOTAL. An appeal by former racetrack tenant Nürburgring Automotive GmbH "to receive a temporary injunction was denied by the court." Administrator spokesperson Pietro Nuvoloni said, "With that [decision] there is now nothing in the way of Formula 1." The German F1 Grand Prix will take place on July 7 (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 5/3).

Football fans attending the 2014 World Cup in Brazil "will have no problem going online from stadiums," but they might want to "use a local cellphone chip to keep their charges low," according to Anthony Boadle of REUTERS. Brazilian Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said that each of the 12 stadiums hosting 2014 World Cup matches will have "two separate 50-gigabyte networks connected to Brazil's fiber optic backbone." Bernardo: "I doubt that the stadiums will use one third of the capacity that we are installing. Not even (FIFA General Secretary) Mr. Jerome Valcke will use up all that capacity, though he could if he makes a lot of explosive statements." Valcke was "briefly declared persona non grata" by the Brazilian government last year for saying Brazil needed a "kick up the backside" to speed up preparations for the World Cup. Brazil officially "launched the latest fourth generation (4G) wireless technology this week," and the service "will be available at the stadiums and in the host cities for the Confederations Cup" (REUTERS, 5/2).