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Coronavirus: Sports and arts fans ‘could wait years’ for recovery

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It could be years before we see crowded stadiums again, says Lord Elis-Thomas Sports and arts fans are not likely to be filling venues again for years, according to Wales’ deputy culture and sport minister. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas said “social responsibility” not to spread the virus would guide any relaxing of restrictions. The Welsh… Read more →

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Sports Direct owner Frasers Group sees signs of ‘normality’ returning

Image copyright Reuters The owner of Sports Direct and House of Fraser says it is seeing “a semblance of normality” returning, but warned that further lockdowns remain a threat. Frasers Group said annual pre-tax profits sank 20% to £143.5m as lockdown store closures led to “the most challenging year” in its history. It also repeated its “frustration” over the problems… Read more →

William Hill punters bet on table tennis in sports lull

Image copyright Getty Images William Hill says its punters have been betting on table tennis since the coronavirus pandemic put paid to most conventional sporting events. The bookmaker said the sport was part of its offer of “alternative products” for gamblers during the lockdown. Other opportunities for wagers include football in emerging market countries not yet as badly affected by… Read more →

Watchdog blocks JD Sports’ takeover of Footasylum

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s competition watchdog has blocked sportswear retailer JD Sports from taking over rival Footasylum, saying the purchase would leave shoppers worse off. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the £90m deal would leave shoppers with fewer discounts and lower quality customer service. JD Sports hit back, saying it “fundamentally” disagreed with the CMA. The… Read more →

Upcycling sports shirts and aeroplane seats

Image copyright Looptworks “When I started talking about upcycling, people thought I was talking about riding bikes uphill,” laughs Scott Hamlin. But the former Adidas boss has a simple, yet ingenious, business model – he buys unwanted tops from professional sports teams, upcycles them into merchandise and sells it back to them. He first began the business with Portland Trail… Read more →