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Michael Smith

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

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Mississippi State Moves To Spectra Ticketing, Working With Sidearm Sports For Website

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 15 / 16

Mississippi State announced this week that it is shifting its ticket marketing and sales over to the Spectra Ticketing and Fan Engagement platform and services as part of an overall technology shift by the school. Spectra’s platform will manage ticket sales, donor relations and marketing autom...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Raycom Sports' Ken Haines To Retire

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SportsBusiness Daily: Liberty Univ. Aiming For FBS Move

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SportsBusiness Journal: Gerber: ‘Tough customer’ with soft side

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SportsBusiness Journal: Plugged In: Chris Spencer

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SportsBusiness Journal: History aside, arena lacks charm

The proudest Kentucky basketball fans think of Rupp Arena as college basketball’s Wrigley Field. More objective types say it’s more like Cincinnati’s old Riverfront Stadium. Rupp mostly is just big, holding 23,000 fans. While it has been the site for some of the biggest moments ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: What's next for Rupp Arena?

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SportsBusiness Journal: Engine Shop on the move

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SportsBusiness Journal: IMG College has Pauley naming rights

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SportsBusiness Journal: Teamworks will link NCAA, tourney teams

The NCAA for the first time next year will use a mobile application to communicate with the players and coaches participating in its men’s basketball tournament. Teamworks, a Durham, N.C., software firm founded by a former Duke University football player, will implement the app for the NCAA ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Ole Miss Renews With CLC For 10 Years

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