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Michael Smith

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

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MLL owner sees profit in passion play

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 04 / 15

Rob Hale admits that buying the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse was more of a passion play, which makes him like a lot of professional team owners. But he also sees a long-term growth potential that makes him feel like he got in on the grou...

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Tags: Franchises

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11/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Is Cinderella dead?

Editor’s note: This story is updated from the print edition. For the longest time, Wichita State’s football team wasn’t very good and the program cost the university a lot of money, creating an uphill battle that the school got tired of fighting. So, in 1986, the Shockers qu ...

Tags: In-Depth, Colleges

11/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Ex-player’s software will connect teams

The College Football Playoff will use a software called Teamworks to communicate with the four teams once they are selected. The playoff teams and matchups will be determined Dec. 7, with the semifinal games being played Jan. 1. The two finalists will play in the championship game on Jan. 12. ...

Tags: Colleges

11/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: IMG restyles European operations

More signs of IMG’s restructuring in the aftermath of the $2.4 billion acquisition by William Morris Endeavor are becoming evident in Europe, where the company is reshaping its operations amid the departure of three senior executives. IMG veteran Andrew Wildblood, who has been IMG’s d ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

11/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: How to boost the regular season

At a recent forum sponsored by the Big 12, Sports Illustrated writer Pete Thamel described his experience at a basketball game between Texas and TCU. “I almost fell asleep,” Thamel said. Athletic directors from both schools were sitting with Thamel on the same stage. Neither one of ...

Tags: In-Depth, Colleges

11/10/14
SportsBusiness Journal: NCAA's Gavitt gives his take

Dan Gavitt doesn’t know exactly how to respond when the media refers to him as the new czar of college basketball. When asked to list the most influential figures in the game, he starts with the coaches, not himself or any other administrators. It’s Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Rick Pi ...

Tags: In-Depth, Colleges

11/07/14
SportsBusiness Daily: PGA Tour's Mississippi Stop Liking New Date

This weekend’s PGA Tour Sanderson Farms Championship is back after taking last season off. The one-year sabbatical enabled the Jackson, Miss., event to move out of its sultry July slot opposite the British Open to the more moderate temperatures of the fall. And the move is paying off, accordin ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, PGA Tour

11/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Panini Signs Deals With More Than 200 Colleges

Trading card and collectible giant Panini America, has reached exclusive trading card agreements with more than 200 colleges, including Mississippi State, Baylor, N.C. State and Kansas State, that will allow the company to use the schools’ team logos in its college and pro products. Panin ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

11/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Ouster puts diversity at center for PGA

Pete Bevacqua stood before a group of sports executives last month and lamented golf’s less-than-illustrious past when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Related story: • A difficult ending for Bevacqua-Bishop team “If golf doesn’t get more diverse and more i ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: A tough ending for Bevacqua-Bishop team

Editor’s note: This story is updated from the print edition. Pete Bevacqua not only lost a close work companion but also a good friend when PGA of America President Ted Bishop was ousted on Oct. 24 for a gender-based insult he posted on social media. From Nov. 10, 2012, the day the ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/28/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ASU, IMG Officially Part Ways

Arizona State Univ. and IMG College parted ways Monday, and ASU Associate VP & Chief Business Development Officer Greg McElroy will oversee the transition to a new multimedia rights partner. Until that time, ASU will manage its rights in-house. McElroy, who left the Cowboys after eight years to ...

Tags: Media, IMG

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