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

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Marc Jenkins Leaving Learfield To Become Patron Technologies CEO

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 15 / 18

Marc Jenkins , who has served as Learfield COO since joining the company in '14, is leaving at the end of the month to become CEO at Patron Technologies, a business owned by Providence Equity. In his nearly four years at Learfield, Jenkins was instrumental in directing the company’s massive g...

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SportsBusiness Journal: IMG, sponsor set up Nebraska homecoming

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SportsBusiness Daily: Learfield Brings On Gil Beverly, Jack Patterson

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SportsBusiness Journal: Varsity helps cheerleading bring it on

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SportsBusiness Journal: Colleges flip the switch on esports

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SportsBusiness Journal: At the Masters with Charlie Besser

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SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Rocky Harris

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SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Mike Zabik

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SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Danny White

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SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Jeffrey Roth

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SportsBusiness Journal: Tourney means teamwork for CBS-Turner

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