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

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Big Ten Makes Official Rights Deal With ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 17

More than a year after the Big Ten reached media rights agreements with ESPN, Fox Sports and CBS Sports, Commissioner Jim Delany finally made a formal announcement. Speaking at today’s Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Delany said the conference has settled on six-year deals with the three media...

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SportsBusiness Journal: ANC to upgrade Texas boards

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SportsBusiness Daily: United Gets L.A. Coliseum Naming Rights

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SportsBusiness Journal: CLC rebranded to IMG College Licensing

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SportsBusiness Daily: CLC Becoming IMG College Licensing

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