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

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ESPN Not Letting Magnus Out Of Contract Early To Join IMG College

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 15 / 14

ESPN has informed Senior VP/Programming Acquisitions Burke Magnus that it is not letting him out of his contract early to take a job running IMG College. ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN Exec VP/Programming John Wildhack made separate calls to Magnus late Friday to say that ESPN would not...

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Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: Bradley stars in mobile experience for National

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SportsBusiness Journal: Tour title sponsors go long

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On The Ground: PGA Tour Players Give Travelers Exec Warm Welcome

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SportsBusiness Journal: Temple’s rights go to Learfield

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SportsBusiness Daily: ACC To Keep Title Game In Charlotte

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