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Michael Smith

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

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Call-ing Card: Arkansas Files Trademark For "Wooo Pig Sooie" Chant

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 21 / 14

Univ. of Arkansas fans have been calling the hogs nearly as long as their Razorbacks have been playing football, making “Wooo Pig Sooie” one of the most recognizable cheers in collegiate athletics. Now the school is making its claim to the cheer legally binding by obtaining a sound ...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, SEC

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09/23/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Hospitality sales brisk at Presidents

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Tags: Events and Attractions

09/23/13
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Tags: Colleges

09/20/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Learfield Sports Launching New CFB App

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Tags: Media

09/16/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Pac-12 venues to get AT&T wireless boost

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Tags: Colleges

09/16/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Cal uses tech to identify ticket buyers

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Tags: Colleges

09/16/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Pac-12 keeping nets’ ownership

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Tags: Colleges

09/16/13
SportsBusiness Journal: Nielsen helps Michigan size up tweets

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Tags: Colleges

09/10/13
SportsBusiness Daily: NFF To Honor George Pyne

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Tags: People and Pop Culture

09/10/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Private Equity Fund Acquires Learfield

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