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Michael Smith

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

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StubHub doubles number of SEC partners

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 25 / 16

Judging by StubHub’s 40-plus college relationships, including three new deals in the Southeastern Conference, the trepidation coming from schools about the secondary ticket market has dissipated. StubHub has finalized ticketing and sponsorship deals at LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, p...

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07/27/15
SportsBusiness Journal: A push for diversity

When Mike Slive arrived at the SEC in 2002, the conference had never had a minority head football coach. That changed on Dec. 1, 2003, when Mississippi State hired Sylvester Croom. Larry Templeton, who became one of Slive’s closest friends, was Mississippi State’s athletic director an ...

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07/27/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Paving the way to a playoff

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07/27/15
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06/29/15
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