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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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02/22/16
SportsBusiness Journal: London’s CSM seeks U.S. foothold

London agency CSM has its sights set on growing in North America and the recent acquisition of JHE Productions is one of its first major steps in creating a foothold in the U.S. CSM, the sports marketing and entertainment division of Chime Communications, last week signed off on its purchase of J ...

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02/22/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Fox Sports’ Shell to rejoin WME-IMG

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Tags: Colleges, People and Pop Culture

02/22/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Firm sees revenue potential in insurance

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Tags: Colleges

02/18/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Dan Shell Leaving Fox Sports For IMG College

DAN SHELL , who has orchestrated the growth of Fox Sports’ collegiate multimedia rights business over the last four years, has left the company to rejoin IMG College in a yet-to-be-announced role, industry sources say. He is expected to continue his work in multimedia rights, where IMG Colleg ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture, IMG

02/15/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Learfield To Title-Sponsor SBJ/SBD College Event

Learfield, the multimedia rightsholder that has partnerships with more than 100 colleges, has agreed with SBJ/SBD to title sponsor the annual Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in N.Y. This week’s announcement of Learfield’s title sponsorship comes at a time when the Plano, Texas, comp ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

02/15/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Outfront Media acquires Rockbridge

Multimedia rights holder Outfront Media Sports is acquiring Rockbridge Sports Group in a move that will reunite three fixtures in college marketing. Doug Paschal will continue to oversee Outfront’s sports division as general manager and vice president. Rockbridge principals David Johnston a ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Colleges

02/15/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Spartans outsource rights to Fox

Michigan State, one of the last power five schools to manage its multimedia rights in-house, has agreed to outsource those rights to Fox Sports, industry sources say. Related story: • Central Florida to manage its rights in-house The contract, nearly two years in the making, h ...

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02/15/16
SportsBusiness Journal: UCF to manage its rights in-house

The University of Central Florida is bucking the college trend of outsourcing its multimedia rights and instead will create an in-house team to manage its media, corporate sponsorships and marketing. Related story: • Spartans outsource rights to Fox UCF, a school with more tha ...

Tags: Colleges

02/15/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Learfield to sponsor college forum

Learfield, the multimedia rights holder that has partnerships with more than 100 colleges, has agreed with Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal/Daily to title sponsor the annual Intercollegiate Athletics Forum in New York. This week’s announcement of Learfield’s title spo ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, Colleges

02/08/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Fox gains Villanova multimedia rights

Fox Sports has strengthened its business hold in the Big East Conference with a new multimedia rights agreement at Villanova University. Villanova, which earlier agreed to break off negotiations with its former rights holder, IMG College, will begin working with Fox at the start of the 2016-17 ac ...

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