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Michael Smith

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

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Ryder Cup a ‘crowning moment’ for Golf Channel-NBC coverage

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 22 / 14

When Golf Channel goes live with its coverage of the Ryder Cup in the wee morning hours Friday, it will very simply be “the biggest day in Golf Channel history,” said Molly Solomon, the network’s executive producer. In the past, ESPN has carried the first day of Ryder Cup play o...

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SportsBusiness Daily: More Skyboxes Than Normal At Phoenix' 16th

The PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open has become known for the fully enclosed, rowdy par-3 16th hole, and the tournament, which teed off this morning, has even more premium offerings this year. Event organizers have increased the number of skyboxes at the 16th to 200 for this week’s tourn ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, PGA Tour, Waste Management

SportsBusiness Daily: CAA Sports Hires UA's Walker Jones

CAA Sports is hiring Walker Jones , who led Under Armour's college division for the past six years. Jones will work with agents Jimmy Sexton and Trace Armstrong to grow the firm's base of college coaching clients. CAA is bringing in Jones to deepen its pool of coaches with younger head coaches ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Walker Jones Leaving Under Armour For CAA

CAA Sports is doubling down on its college coaching business by hiring Walker Jones, who led Under Armour's college division for the past six years. Jones will work with agents Jimmy Sexton and Trace Armstrong to grow its base of college coaching clients. CAA's client list is headlined by Alabama's ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Journal: CFP inks hospitality deals

The College Football Playoff has struck partnerships with four companies to handle hospitality sales and marketing for the inaugural championship game next season. Michael Kelly, the CFP’s chief operating officer, said the hospitality arm will be branded Playoff Premium, which will designat ...

Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: PGA digital redesign puts mobile first

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. The PGA Tour’s digital team will produce at least 50 percent more live golf on its various platforms in 2014. This enhanced priority for more live golf comes at a time when the tour is redesigning its website, PGATour ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, Media

SportsBusiness Journal: FSU's Wilcox weathers 'surreal' year

By the time Florida State’s chartered flight touched down in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, Stan Wilcox had completed perhaps the most rigorous five months a new athletic director could ever expect. At that point, Wilcox, who was named the Seminoles’ AD on Aug. 7, was just hours r ...

Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: Dinner leads Jenkins into college space

When NASCAR’s Marc Jenkins walked through the doors at Manhattan’s A Voce restaurant, he had no idea that the dinner meeting that November night would lead to a new chapter in his career. Jenkins’ night out with Learfield Sports CEO Greg Brown was nothing more than a get-to-know ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Lagardère adds Luke Donald to roster

Luke Donald, the prize of golf’s free-agent class, has signed with Lagardère Unlimited and will be represented by Steve Loy, Phil Mickelson’s agent. Donald, whose deal with IMG Golf expired at the end of 2013, was the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer for 55 weeks of 2011-12 be ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Journal: SEC net’s cost will top other conferences

Distributors in SEC country can expect to pay a rate of $1.30 to carry the soon-to-be-launched SEC Network, according to several sources with knowledge of the rate card. That fee, paid on a monthly per-subscriber basis, is what cable and satellite companies within the SEC’s 11-state footpri ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Pyne, Sutton Leaning Toward Staying At IMG

IMG execs GEORGE PYNE and BEN SUTTON are leaning toward staying with the company in the aftermath of William Morris Endeavor's $2.4B acquisition, according to industry sources. Pyne, the President of IMG Sports & Entertainment, and Sutton, President of IMG College, stayed in L.A. after Monda ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, IMG, William Morris Endeavor

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