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

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Alabama's Bill Battle Set To Retire, With School To Name Arizona's Greg Byrne As Next AD

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Arizona AD Greg Byrne will replace the retiring Bill Battle at Alabama, with Battle expected to transition into an advisory role with the school once Byrne takes the reins. Byrne is expected to begin March 1 in Tuscaloosa. Battle, 75, is retiring after almost four years at his alma mater. The f...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Categories open in sponsor bracket

For a decade, the NCAA’s restaurant categories were bundled into Coca-Cola’s rights, and the soft drink giant worked with the likes of McDonald’s, Domino’s and Papa John’s to promote and market March Madness. When Coke returned those rights to the NCAA a few years ag ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: NCAA finding growth in digital, content

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. For visitors to Houston this week, the Final Four and its ancillary events will largely look and feel like they did last year in Indianapolis. Or the year before in Dallas. Or in 2011, when the NCAA’s marquee event last ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Colleges cash in on new LED inventory

At UCLA (above) and Florida, LED signs 1 foot tall by 3 feet long sit behind the baskets. Photo by: IMG (2) A new revenue stream is ...

Tags: Colleges, Facilities

SportsBusiness Journal: NCAA expected more from Burger King

The NCAA thought it was getting a fast-food power that would flex its retail-activation muscle when Burger King signed on as a corporate partner. Burger King, meanwhile, was enamored with buying March Madness media and signing stars like Chris Webber for its high-energy creative. Once the two sid ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Big Ten tests market for new rights deal

The bidding for the Big Ten’s television rights, which run through 2016-17 in its current contract, has begun in earnest. The Chicago-based conference had one formal meeting with its primary rights holder, ESPN, earlier this month when Big Ten officials told ESPN that the league will open u ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Burger King Ends NCAA Sponsorship Deal

Burger King has exited its corporate partner deal with the NCAA after just two years as a sponsor. The original deal was for three years. Neither the NCAA nor Burger King would comment on why the deal fell apart before its term was finished, or whether Burger King was required to pay for the final y ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Just the fax ma'am

Even as the Selection Show matured into the age of email, the NCAA still preferred to ship the brackets to CBS via fax. Email was too easy to forward. A fax on a single sheet of paper was safer to control potential leaks. For most of the years of the show, CBS’s on-site producer was Steve S ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Carolina tries new hospitality space

For all of the history and nostalgia created inside the University of North Carolina’s Smith Center, the 30-year-old basketball facility is limited by tight concourses and a lack of revenue-generating premium spaces. But during the final two home games of the regular season, the Tar Heels e ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Fox Sports adds Auburn to rights list

Auburn University will double its multimedia rights revenue in a new deal with Fox Sports that was announced last week. The Tigers’ new 10-year agreement with Fox’s growing collegiate properties division guarantees them $120 million, industry sources said. Fox would not comment on fin ...

Tags: Fox, Media, GE, ING, CES, Ally, IMG

SportsBusiness Journal: Pac-12 aligns with Sidearm

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. The Pac-12, which centralized the digital rights for all 12 schools in 2012, has signed Sidearm Sports to be its digital partner. Sidearm, a Learfield company, will provide the platform and technical support for 11 of the 1 ...

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