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Michael Smith

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

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WME-IMG Makes Foray Into Gaming With Acquisition Of Global eSports Management

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 21 / 15

WME-IMG has acquired Global eSports Management, an int'l full-service eSports talent agency that manages clients across the pro gaming industry. WME-IMG will now represent eSports players who compete at the highest levels globally. GEM was founded in '13 and reps some of the biggest personalities i...

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Tags: Finance, William Morris Endeavor, IMG

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SportsBusiness Journal: All eyes on antitrust cases

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SportsBusiness Journal: Texas’ Patterson goes on the offensive

From his suite at the College World Series, Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson wondered aloud last week how many college baseball programs would survive if antitrust lawsuits ultimately reinvent the college model and create an open market for schools to pay athletes and treat them as employees. ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: A greater role for agents?

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06/23/14
SportsBusiness Journal: CWS through the eyes of NCAA’s Leech

D amani Leech bounced out of a CrossFit gym last week and drove his rented car across Omaha, Neb., to the Hilton, the NCAA’s headquarters for the College World Series. Refreshed from his 6 a.m. workout, Leech, a former football player at Princeton and now a 15-year NCAA executive who overs ...

Tags: Colleges

06/16/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Purchase takes Learfield into licensing

As Learfield Sports has broadened the services it offers to its school clients, the most obvious missing piece was licensing. That won’t be the case anymore. Learfield is announcing this week that it has acquired Licensing Resource Group, a licensing agency that represents more than 200 col ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: IMG College gets seat at pro stadiums

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SportsBusiness Journal: Day brings Concur into sports space

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SportsBusiness Journal: Discover, Tostitos to end bowl deals

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