Latest Champions League revamp row; ex-Coke exec on morality & pandemic challenges for sponsors; anti-doping probe into British Cycling; Spain-Kosovo dispute in football; agents' fees rise


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Episode 11 of the podcast digesting and analysing the week in sports news with Rob Harris and Martyn Ziegler joined by Tariq Panja. On the agenda on April 2, 2021:

  • Champions League disarray: A grab for power and money by elite clubs has delays the new format being approved.
  • In the money are agents despite the pandemic with them receiving £272 million from Premier League clubs over the last year.
  • So much of sport is funded by the commercial backers. We'll talk to Ricardo Fort, the recently-departed sports sponsorship chief from Cola-Cola on the pandemic challenges, morality issues with event host nations and increasing investment in women's sport.
  • We'll also tell you about the highest paid company boss in Britain as Bet 365 chief executive Denise Coates, whose family owns Stoke City, earns £469m in a year.
  • If you're a foreign fan now barred from going to the Tokyo Olympics, there's now a challenge getting all your cash back.
  • There's another scandal in British cycling with the World Anti-Doping Agency investigating and concerns for future Olympic medal prospects.
  • And the diplomatic dispute behind Spanish TV not recognising Kosovo as a country in their World Cup qualifier.
  • Plus FIFA has revealed the cities being used at the Women's World Cup in 2023 across Australia and New Zealand.

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