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Ajax Braces For Another Hellish Transfer Window Of Turnover

Ajax will have to change their playing style after the sale of Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea and the possibility of up to six others leaving before the new season in the Netherlands starts, coach Erik ten Hag said as they began pre-season training.

Ziyech was one of the key figures when Ajax reached the Champions League semifinal last season and also dominated in the Dutch league, but success for the club has meant their players have been in high demand.

Three Soccer Teams Among Forbes’ Top 10 Most Valuable Franchises

The Dallas Cowboys were ranked the world's most valuable sports team for a fifth consecutive year according to an annual list published by Forbes on Friday that was dominated by National Football League clubs.

The NFL's Cowboys, who unseated Spanish soccer club Real Madrid for top spot on the list in 2016, were valued at $5.5 billion, a 10 percent rise when compared to last year, Forbes said in a statement.

Newcastle’s Saudi Arabia-Backed Takeover Collapses After Consortium Withdraws Bid

The proposed takeover of Premier League club Newcastle United by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium has collapsed after the group announced they were ending their interest in the deal.

The group, which included Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund PIF, PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers, was reported to have made a $391 million bid to buy United from British businessman Mike Ashley.

Switzerland Opens Criminal Case Against FIFA President Gianni Infantino

Criminal proceedings have been opened against FIFA president Gianni Infantino by a special prosecutor looking into dealings between the head of the global soccer body and Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, Swiss authorities said on Thursday.

Mourinho ($2 Billion Spent On 99 EPL Signings) Worried Man City Decision ‘Opens Circus Door’

In the wake of Manchester City overturning its two-year ban from European competition, the only take I really appreciated was this one. It’s sarcastic.   

Manchester City’s Two-Year Ban From European Competition Overturned

Manchester City's two-year suspension from European football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday, allowing the club to compete in next season's elite Champions League competition.

CAS ruled that City did not breach Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship. Sport's highest court also reduced a fine for failing to cooperate with UEFA to $11.3 million from $34 million. 

CBS Gets Exclusive Rights To Champions League With Immediate Effect

ViacomCBS Inc said on Thursday it had signed an agreement with European soccer's governing body UEFA to live-stream Champions League matches on CBS All Access in the United States, starting this season through 2024.

EA Locks Down Exclusive Rights To Europe’s Best League For 10 More Years

Electronic Arts Inc on Wednesday extended its licensing contract with LaLiga until 2030, allowing the video game maker to retain exclusive access to the Spanish top-tier soccer league for its flagship football franchise "FIFA."

The 10-year agreement is the longest renewal in the history of the company's partnership with LaLiga, EA told Reuters, but did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

New Bundesliga Domestic TV Deal Less Lucrative Than Previous Package

The Bundesliga should earn some $4.95 billion from domestic broadcast rights for the four years from 2021-22 onwards, the German Football League said on Monday, with Sky awarded the prime package of all Saturday games.

The deals announced on Monday are slightly less lucrative than the existing four-year deal that ends next season. Worth $5.18 billion, that was an 85% jump from the previous agreement.

Amazon Will Air All Four Of Its Premier League Matches For Free On Twitch

Amazon announced that it will air the rest of its Premier League matches for free on Amazon Prime while live streaming them on Twitch. No membership will be required to watch the four matches shown by Amazon.

One of the four matches has yet to be announced, but the other three include Crystal Palace vs. Burnley on June 29, Everton vs. Southampton on July 6 and Watford vs. Newcastle on July 11.

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