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Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Marc Jenkins Leaving Learfield To Become Patron Technologies CEO

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 15 / 18

Marc Jenkins , who has served as Learfield COO since joining the company in '14, is leaving at the end of the month to become CEO at Patron Technologies, a business owned by Providence Equity. In his nearly four years at Learfield, Jenkins was instrumental in directing the company’s massive g...

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01/15/18
SportsBusiness Daily: Jenkins Leaving Learfield To Join Patron

Marc Jenkins , who has served as Learfield COO since joining the company in '14, is leaving at the end of the month to become CEO at Patron Technologies, a business owned by Providence Equity. In his nearly four years at Learfield, Jenkins was instrumental in directing the company’s massive g ...

01/15/18
SportsBusiness Daily: Dyehard Acquires Another Merch Firm

Dyehard Fan Supply has acquired its third retail merchandise company in the last month -- Louisville-based All Pro Championships -- as it attempts to roll up enough businesses to form a national network. All Pro is a sports merchandising company founded in '78. Dyehard, owned by  Ben Sutto ...

01/15/18
SportsBusiness Journal: ’Dawgs snatch up, buy out premium packages

Georgia’s close proximity to the game led to the first sellout of the hospitality program. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES The College Football Playoff’s official hospitality program sold out it ...

Tags: Colleges

01/15/18
SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN ignores recent noise

ESPN interim President George Bodenheimer was a reassuring presence for the company in Atlanta. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES A few hours before the College Football Playoff championship, ESPN’s Geo ...

Tags: Colleges

01/15/18
SportsBusiness Journal: Learfield-IMG College deal moves along

Learfield President and CEO Greg Brown offered few clues about the timing of his company’s massive merger with IMG College and when the Department of Justice review might wrap up. “There’s really nothing to talk about,” Brown, who notoriously keeps such information close t ...

Tags: Colleges

01/15/18
SportsBusiness Journal: Seen and heard at the championship

Seen & Heard ... ■ One of the most compelling ideas circulating CFP weekend was that the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will go after Paul Finebaum ’s daily call-in show on SEC Network. Finebaum’s show is currently staged and produced out of ESPN’s Char ...

Tags: Colleges

01/15/18
SportsBusiness Journal: ’Bama’s championship logo celebrates its 17 titles

Related stories: ■ ESPN has show of stability in Atlanta ■ Stadium struggles with logistics ■ Seen and heard at the championship ■  ’Dawgs snatch up, buy out premium packages ■  Durso delays ESPN retirement The University of Alabama’s licensing agency, ...

Tags: Colleges

01/15/18
SportsBusiness Journal: CFP stadium struggles with logistics

Fans line up in the rain to get into Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the national championship game. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES A combination of increased security from President Donald Trump ’s visit ...

Tags: Colleges

01/12/18
SportsBusiness Daily: Falcons Execs Dish On CFP Fan Delays

Plenty went wrong on Monday night at the CFP title game, with wait times to get into Mercedes-Benz Stadium as long as 2 1/2 hours. That was a huge disappointment for Falcons’ management, which sets a goal of moving fans through the line and into the stadium in five minutes. “We pride our ...

01/08/18
SportsBusiness Daily: Dyehard Fan Supply Acquires SEE Merchandising

Dyehard Fan Supply, the ecommerce and retail merchandise rollup, added another business to its national network today by acquiring N.Y.-based Sports Entertainment Events Merchandising. SEE Merchandising has been around for 30 years and manages the design, manufacture and merchandise sales for sports ...

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