Richard Scudamore, the former Premier League chief, has joined forces with one of the world's leading private equity investors in elite sport as pandemic-induced pressure grows on the finances of team-owners and governing bodies around the world. Sky News has learnt that Mr Scudamore has begun working with CVC Capital Partners, the former owner of Formula One motor racing and the new financial backer of rugby union's Six Nations Championship. City sources said that Mr Scudamore signed a contract with CVC earlier this year to start work as a senior adviser. His appointment has not been announced publicly, although it was confirmed on Tuesday by insiders. Mr Scudamore's new role adds him to a team at CVC that includes Simon Denyer, the founder and former boss of DAZN, the sports streaming service. Advertisement It comes amid a glut of deals involving some of the world's most lucrative and prominent sports franchises, with the likes of Six Nations Rugby, … [Read more...] about Former Premier League chief Scudamore joins Six Nations backer CVC’s team
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Brits will finally be able to meet loved ones indoors, drink inside a pub and watch sport in stadiums in just over two weeks' time - as long as Covid cases continue to fall. After a long and bleak winter and spring, the next relaxing of rules is scheduled for May 17 - with holidays abroad expected to return as well. Gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors will be permitted outdoors for the first time in months as Stage 3 of Boris Johnson's 'roadmap' out of lockdown comes into effect. It is also hoped that hugging people you don't live with will again be permitted. Pubs and restaurants, which have endured a torrid 12 months, will be allowed to reopen their doors to let customers in - but social distancing measures will stay. It is now estimated that one person in every 1,000 would test positive for coronavirus - a huge drop from one in 50 in January, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). And latest government data shows that the number of confirmed cases … [Read more...] about Hugs, holidays and sleepovers – all the lockdown rules set to be relaxed in two weeks
HORRIFYING fake footage of the US Capitol being blown up was released by Iran as Joe Biden comes under increasing pressure to take action from a GOP senator. The video leaked on state-controlled Iranian TV on Sunday before Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's speech depicted a missile being fired as the Washington DC building is engulfed in flames. Biden is now under mounting pressure not to surrender to Iran's threats by Republicans as tensions between both countries continue simmer. The Washington Free Beacon reported that Khamenei praised the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), who have repeatedly launched operations against the United States , in his address. The head of the IRGC, Qassem Soleimani , was killed during a drone strike conducted on Donald Trump 's orders. "The Americans have been for years deeply saddened by the Islamic republic's influence, and they were angry with General Soleimani for this reason and martyred him for this reason," Khamenei … [Read more...] about Iran releases horrifying fake propaganda video showing the US Capitol blow up as GOP sen pushes Biden to take action
APOLLO 11 spaceman Michael Collins who stayed in the command module during the 1969 moon walk has died after battling cancer. Collins was “The Forgotten Man” during the Apollo 11 lunar landing, while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were walking on the moon. His family released a statement confirming the passing of the astronaut on Wednesday "after a valiant battle with cancer." "He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side," the statement read. "Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way." "We will miss him terribly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to have lived the life he did. We will honor his wish for us to celebrate, not mourn, that life," they wrote. Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said in a statement: "Today the nation lost a true pioneer and lifelong advocate for exploration in astronaut Michael Collins. As pilot of the Apollo 11 command module – some … [Read more...] about Astronaut Michael Collins dead at 90 – Apollo 11 spaceman who stayed in command module during 1969 moon walk passes away
THE singer has come out as transgender in an inspirational Instagram post. The 34-year-old solo artist was the lead singer of her namesake band Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - the artist currently uses she/her and they/them pronouns. Who is Ezra Furman? The singer-songwriter, famous for her hit tracks "Every feeling" and "I wanna be your girlfriend" has gained a cult following for her unique style of indie folk-rock. Her band, Ezra Furman and The Visions, takes inspiration from experimental, psychedelic rock. Several of Furman's albums have garnered critical acclaim, with her song "Love You So Bad" being played repeatedly during the first season of the Netflix original series, "Sex Education," allowing her music to reach a mainstream audience. The star is currently a solo artist, however, she performs on tour with Ezra Furman and The Visions. The band recently had to cancel their UK shows due to a national lockdown being in place. Furman's most recent album, … [Read more...] about Who is Ezra Furman?