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Michael Smith

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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01/09/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Tagliabue: Colleges at crossroads

Paul Tagliabue crossed his arms in the air, forming an X that he said represents a looming crossroads for college athletics. Down one path is a chasm between athletics and academics that threatens the existing college sports model. Down a separate path, the former NFL commissioner said, is the ki ...

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01/09/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Mom, fan launches coaching video startup

A mother of two who is an avid sports fan, but admittedly never roamed the sideline, is behind a tech startup that will aggregate coaching video and instruction. She’s calling it Coaches Tribune and its website, coachestribune.com, will launch this week with instructional video for novice c ...

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01/05/17
SportsBusiness Daily: CFP Title Game Features "Millionaire's Row" Of Yachts

One of the most unique elements to this year's CFP Championship is the row of yachts lining up along Tampa’s Downtown Riverwalk. Eighteen impressive vessels as long as 160 feet create a “millionaire’s row” in one of the busiest tourist areas of Tampa during the CFP weekend. Y ...

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12/16/16
SportsBusiness Daily: IMG College Extends Air Force Deal

IMG College has extended its multimedia rights and licensing agreements with Air Force through '26, adding another seven years onto the deal, the company said today. As part of the extension, Air Force and IMG College have agreed to the installation of an auxiliary 50-foot videoboard at Falcon Stadi ...

12/15/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Zussman Named President For IMG Events

SAM ZUSSMAN  has been promoted to the newly created role of President of IMG's events group, the company said today. The group owns, operates or commercially represents hundreds of events globally, including lifestyle, entertainment and mass participation to traditional sports like golf, tenni ...

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12/12/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Clemson Again Suspending JMI Sports Deal

Clemson for a second time late last month awarded its multimedia rights to JMI Sports , and the incumbent, Learfield, for the second time has filed a protest. Clemson’s procurement office issued a notice on Nov. 28 that it had awarded its campuswide media and marketing rights to San Diego-ba ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: On Location broadens its offerings

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12/05/16
SportsBusiness Journal: BCBS’s game-day formula

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12/05/16
SportsBusiness Journal: JMI gets Clemson rights in $68M deal

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SportsBusiness Journal: OSU’s ‘paddle people’ become a brand

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