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

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Appalachian State sizes up for video

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 02 / 27 / 17

Appalachian State bought a new LED video board for its football stadium that Daktronics is calling the largest display among its Group of Five schools. The Sun Belt Conference school in Boone, N.C., additionally has contracted for Daktronics to install ribbon boards and a custom audio system for ...

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