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

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StubHub doubles number of SEC partners

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 25 / 16

Judging by StubHub’s 40-plus college relationships, including three new deals in the Southeastern Conference, the trepidation coming from schools about the secondary ticket market has dissipated. StubHub has finalized ticketing and sponsorship deals at LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, p...

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