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In another significant move, Richard Scudamore has been promoted from chief executive to executive chairman and two independent directors have been appointed to a new-look Premier League board. The league has warned, however, the £1billion distribution depends on a “satisfactory outcome” of Virgin Media’s complaint to Ofcom over the way rights are sold, which is being investigated by the regulator, and overseas rights sales. Scudamore said: “These are unprecedented levels of redistribution in world sport, let alone football, which will deliver long-term progress for English football whether you are a fan, lower league club or involved in the grassroots. “Clearly this package is dependent on the outcome of our international live rights and the ongoing Ofcom investigation, so the detail won’t be known until later this year or in early 2016. “The clubs have always stepped up to the plate when it comes to sharing their success. They appreciate that the development of the Premier League is contingent to a high degree on continued high levels of passionate support and a vibrant football pyramid.” The investment announced is in addition to the commitment to provide parachute payments to relegated clubs. The league has made no pledges over ticket prices, however, despite a protest organised by the Football Supporters’ Federation at the London hotel where the 20 club chairmen met on Thursday. League bosses say ticket prices are a matter for individual clubs but that they expect the extra income will be used to fund initiatives such as cut-price trips for away supporters. Press Association Premier League clubs have pledged to share at least £1billion of TV money outside of the top flight from next year. The sum – 20 per cent of their income from the astonishing £5.1billion domestics rights package announced last month – will go to grassroots football, solidarity payments to lower league clubs, participation and education and disadvantaged groups. The 20 top-flight clubs have also agreed they will all pay all full-time staff the ‘living wage’ as the bottom line rather than the minimum wage. As executive chairman, Scudamore will from June preside over a new Premier League board consisting of himself and two independent non-executive directors, Claudia Arney and Kevin Beeston. Arney – an Arsenal season ticket holder – is a non-executive director of Halfords plc, senior independent director of Telecity plc, and chair of the Public Data Group. Beeston is chairman of Taylor Wimpey plc, one of Britain’s largest house-building firms, chairman of Equiniti Group Limited and Domestic & General Limited. He was a non-executive director of Ipswich, the club he supports, from 2002-2008 and is a Chelsea season ticket holder.
DES MOINES — Republican Congressman Steve King Friday afternoon said he wishes he had phrased a recent statement about abortion differently, but he said the statement “was objectively honest and accurate.”Two weeks ago, King told a central Iowa group that given “all the rape and pillage” over the centuries, there might not be any population of the world left if all the “products of rape and incest” were removed from “all the family trees.” King hosted a news conference in Des Moines to discuss the topic.“I would point out that genealogists have contacted me and said that’s 100% correct,” King said. “I’d rather deliver that in a little softer way, though.”King said the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” carries that message, as an angel showed the film’s main character what life in his community would have been like had he not been born. King was joined at the news conference by a handful of people who, like King, support an abortion ban without exceptions for rape and incest. “Save the 1” president Rebecca Kiesling thanked King for his comments and accused King’s critics of classifying those who are conceived in rape as she was as “sub-human.”“You just throw it around like it’s some kind of political game and you throw out these headlines like it’s a frickin’ joke. It’s not. You’re talking about real people, about our lives and you’re so callous and flippant,” Kiesling said. “And I am so grateful that there are others who are willing to put themselves out there when they don’t have a personal stake go like I do.”Personhood Iowa executive director Tim Overlin said King is among the few politicians who have “gone to the wall” on the abortion issue.“If we’re not going to back them up, then I don’t know how we can expect them to keep fighting against the folks in and outside of the party,” Overlin said.Tamara Scott, host of a program called “Truth for Our Time” on YouTube, said the evidence of rape and incest is destroyed if there’s an abortion.“Crimes go unnoticed, criminals go unpunished, predators run free, women and children remain in danger,” Scott said. “..The media and lawmakers have it within their means to put an end to this tragedy.”Scott is also the Iowa Republican Party’s National Committeewoman and a lobbyist for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, but Scott said she was not at the news conference to endorse King or get involved in King’s Republican Primary. Three Republicans in the fourth congressional district are challenging King’s bid for a 10th term in the U.S. House.