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

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New Era Named Official Cap Of U.S. Ryder Cup Team Through '16

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 30 / 14

The PGA of America has selected New Era Cap as the official cap for the '14 U.S. Ryder Cup team. The agreement gives the cap maker exclusive rights to the team’s headwear through '16. The New Era Ryder Cup headwear will begin showing up at retail, including the PGA.com shop and neweracap.com, ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Fluhr’s Spreecast enters college space

Spreecast, the social video platform started by StubHub founder Jeff Fluhr, has found its entrée into college sports through an arrangement with the University of Southern California. The Trojans launched their Spreecast partnership last week with a 45-minute video chat with first-year men ...

Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: Alabama looks to rework rights deal

The University of Alabama’s timing couldn’t be better. On the heels of winning three of the last four national football titles, the Crimson Tide has decided to renegotiate its multimedia rights contract. Alabama, under the direction of new Athletic Director Bill Battle, is taking adva ...

Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: In rights arena, Spartans stand alone

Once West Virginia signed its 12-year, $80 million multimedia rights deal with IMG College earlier this month, Michigan State became the final holdout. Every other school in the five major conferences outsources its multimedia rights to a third party like an IMG College or Learfield Sports. The S ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: WVU travel costs jump $2M

West Virginia University’s travel costs shot up $2 million in 2012-13, the Mountaineers’ first season of competition in the Big 12, school officials said. When West Virginia left the Big East for the Big 12, the school understood that it would need to make significant adjustments to i ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Farming company aims for heartland

When farmers are working in the field on Saturday afternoons in the fall, Roy Seinfeld would like to think that they’re listening to a college football game. Case IH, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of tractors and other farming equipment, is betting that they are. “We ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

SportsBusiness Daily: Upcoming HS Sports Net Gets $26M In Financing

PlayOn! Sports, the company behind the soon-to-launch NFHS Network, announced today that it has received $26M in financing from a group of investors that include Indianapolis-based Herff Jones, Buckhead Investment Partners, Hamilton Ventures and Imlay Investments. The NFHS Network will feature cover ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Daily: Silver Chalice Hires Lawton Logan As Senior VP

Former IMG and Host Communications exec LAWTON LOGAN has joined Chicago-based Silver Chalice as a Senior VP overseeing business development, marketing and sales for the company’s digital properties, including CampusInsiders.com and the ACC Digital Network at theaccdn.com. As a member of the ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: SEC taps N.Y. firm for game-day research

The Southeastern Conference for years has put the best product on the football field and played in front of the most fans. Despite that, the conference’s athletic directors see room for improvement. Within the last month, the SEC has hired a market research agency to study fan habits and be ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Web.com finds home for forum series

After spending nearly 30 years in the health care industry, Michael Young bought a motorcoach and attempted to retire. That didn’t last long. In November, Young was hired by Web.com to run a series of small-business forums at the site ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Learfield to launch minority academy

Learfield Sports will begin offering a five-day academy to diversity candidates looking to get into the marketing side of college athletics. The Learfield Sports Minority Academy will launch next spring, and Learfield will work with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association to select candid ...

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