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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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SportsBusiness Journal: Pac-12 moving its HQ to San Francisco

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Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: Tour taking leaderboards on the road

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Journal: Road to the playoff

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SportsBusiness Journal: Nelligan back as FAU rights holder

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SportsBusiness Journal: The making of ‘GameDay’

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SportsBusiness Daily: Sun Belt Moves Conference HQs Into Superdome

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Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: How USGA found a fit with Fox

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On The Ground: USGA Awards Fox Rights To U.S. Open, Women's Open, Senior Open

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SportsBusiness Daily: Texas A&M Licensing Royalties At Nearly $4M

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