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Michael Smith

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

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Fermata gives evidence of licensing challenge to CLC

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 28 / 14

With more than 200 licensing clients and a 96 percent renewal rate, Collegiate Licensing Co. has seldom felt much of a challenge from competitors. That appears to be changing. Atlanta-based Fermata Partners, a company founded by four former CLC executives, won two big pieces of licensing business...

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

Ever impatient LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan took about 30 seconds to admire the growth in the 2014 schedule before he looked at the next column, which listed TV coverage for those 32 events. He instantly sees a lack of over-the-air network coverage of women’s golf. The U.S. Women’s Ope ...

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

It’s easy to dismiss the PGA Tour’s mid-March event in Tampa as just another tournament. Tucked between two of the tour’s most high-profile events, the Cadillac Championship at Doral and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, would anyone outside of Tampa have noticed if the t ...

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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

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Everyone wants to know what the new William Morris Endeavor/IMG will be called and what it will look like. While all of those answers haven’t yet come to light, there are early indications of what IMG’s new owne ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

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

American Express, an official sponsor of the PGA of America and the PGA Championship since '07, did not renew its deal with the association after it expired in '13. AmEx was categorized as an official patron sponsor, the PGA's highest level of sponsorship. Deals at that level cost in the mid-seven f ...

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

01/03/14
SportsBusiness Daily: AmEx Does Not Renew PGA Deal

American Express, an official sponsor of the PGA of America and the PGA Championship since '07, did not renew its deal with the association after it expired in '13. AmEx was categorized as an official patron sponsor, the PGA's highest level of sponsorship. Deals at that level cost in the mid-seven f ...

12/19/13
SportsBusiness Daily: WME Execs To Meet With IMG College

Sources said that William Morris Endeavor co-CEOs Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel are expected to visit IMG College HQs in Winston-Salem, N.C., today to see the operation and meet further with IMG College President Ben Sutton. The most immediate question facing WME in the aftermath of its $2. ...

Tags: Finance, William Morris Endeavor, IMG

12/19/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Ari Emanuel To Visit IMG College

William Morris Endeavor co-CEOs Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel are expected to visit IMG College headquarters in Winston-Salem, N.C., today to see the operation and meet further with IMG College President Ben Sutton , sources said. The most immediate question facing WME in the aftermath of i ...

12/16/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Golf Channel To Roll Out New Logo In May

In an effort to better align all of Golf Channel’s businesses, the NBC Sports property has created a new logo that will roll out around coverage of The Players Championship in May. Golf Channel is getting rid of the old mark that incorporated a 'G' within a circle in favor of a logo with will ...

Tags: Media, Golf Channel

12/16/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Winds of change on campus

The leaders of collegiate athletics aren’t ready to get rid of the NCAA, but they say they are ready to create seismic changes in the way the organization operates. Those changes include a new model within Division I that would give the five power conferences a new level of autonomy and a w ...

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