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Michael Smith

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

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R&A refreshes British Open identity

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 24 / 14

When Malcolm Booth arrived at the R&A in 2007, the organization that runs the British Open didn’t have much of a marketing, branding or communications capability. The R&A was formed to write and administer the rules of golf, and that’s largely what it did. That began to change...

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10/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Social goes big on campus

More than 20 colleges have rolled out a new social media tool that gathers photos and instantly displays them online and at football games. Using a software platform from Spredfast, a social marketing and technology company, the schools use hashtags to identify photos and flash them on the video ...

Tags: Colleges

10/24/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Atlantic Sun Reaches Deal With LakePoint

The Atlantic Sun Conference has reached an agreement with LakePoint, a sports complex north of Atlanta, to be the site of future A-Sun championships and possibly NCAA events that are hosted by the league. LakePoint, based in Emerson, Ga., will be designated as an official conference partner, which e ...

10/23/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Panini Signs Exclusive Deals With Three Schools

Panini America has signed an exclusive deal with three major D-I colleges -- Georgia, Kentucky and Miami. UK and UM are represented by Atlanta-based licensing agency Fermata Partners. UGA, which has signed a licensing agreement with Fermata starting in '15, is still represented by CLC. These&n ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Panini

10/21/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Duke, SAP To Launch New Online Stats Page

Duke Univ. in partnership with SAP will launch a new online men’s basketball stats page that will feature historical team and player data, similar to the stats package that SAP produces for the NBA. SAP is making a formal announcement about the new product for Duke basketball today at the Tech ...

Tags: Media

10/21/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

The third annual Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium will begin today at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The PGA of America is hosting the symposium, which is organized in conjunction with MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL and the USOC. PGA of America CEO Pete B ...

10/20/14
SportsBusiness Journal: PGA Tour gives Wade more duties

Tom Wade’s responsibilities at the PGA Tour have increased under his new title of chief commercial officer. Wade, a 21-year veteran of the tour’s business development and marketing, has seen his duties grow in recent months to now include television, digital, communications and licens ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/20/14
SportsBusiness Journal: College Football Playoff picks CLC

The College Football Playoff has awarded its licensing rights to Collegiate Licensing Co. in a new six-year deal. The CFP selected CLC as its exclusive licensing agent back in the summer, giving the Atlanta-based agency a chance to get a head start on working with licensees, while contract terms ...

Tags: Colleges

10/20/14
SportsBusiness Journal: College panelists see change coming

Two of the biggest names in college football, one a Heisman Trophy winner, the other a leading Heisman candidate, were under intense scrutiny last week for suspicion of signing autographs for pay, an NCAA violation. In the not-too-distant future, however, college athletes will have the right to p ...

Tags: Colleges

10/17/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NLRB's Northwestern Ruling Coming Soon

College Athletes Players Association Founder Ramogi Huma said that a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board on the Northwestern Univ. case could come any day. Northwestern appealed an earlier regional ruling that defined Northwestern’s scholarship football players as employees who can ...

Tags: Colleges

10/16/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Northwestern Ruling Expected Soon

A ruling from the National Labor Relations Board on the Northwestern Univ. case could come any day, said College Athletes Players Association President  Ramogi Huma . Northwestern appealed an earlier regional ruling that defined the school’s scholarship football players as employees who c ...

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