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Michael Smith

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

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Call-ing Card: Arkansas Files Trademark For "Wooo Pig Sooie" Chant

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 21 / 14

Univ. of Arkansas fans have been calling the hogs nearly as long as their Razorbacks have been playing football, making “Wooo Pig Sooie” one of the most recognizable cheers in collegiate athletics. Now the school is making its claim to the cheer legally binding by obtaining a sound ...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, SEC

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01/10/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Pyne, Sutton Leaning Toward Staying At IMG

IMG execs GEORGE PYNE and BEN SUTTON are leaning toward staying with the company in the aftermath of William Morris Endeavor's $2.4B acquisition, according to industry sources. Pyne, the President of IMG Sports & Entertainment, and Sutton, President of IMG College, stayed in L.A. after Monda ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, IMG, William Morris Endeavor

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SportsBusiness Daily: Pyne, Sutton Inclined To Stay On At IMG

IMG execs George Pyne and Ben Sutton are leaning toward staying with the company in the aftermath of William Morris Endeavor's $2.4B acquisition, according to industry sources. Pyne, the President of IMG Sports & Entertainment, and Sutton, President of IMG College, stayed in L.A. after Monda ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: What to wach in golf in 2014

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Tags: In-Depth

01/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: LPGA focused on television

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01/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Valspar paints the course

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01/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: GolfNow targets clubhouse experience

When golfers go to GolfNow.com to book a tee time, they probably have no idea that the website is a division of the Golf Channel. Only in the bottom right-hand corner, several scrolls down, would a visitor see a small Golf Channel logo with the colorful peacock. For a half-dozen years, GolfNow ...

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01/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Future look of IMG unclear

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

01/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: AmEx Drops Deal With PGA Of America

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, American Express, PGA of America

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SportsBusiness Daily: AmEx Does Not Renew PGA Deal

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SportsBusiness Daily: WME Execs To Meet With IMG College

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Tags: Finance, William Morris Endeavor, IMG

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