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Michael Smith

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

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Some hoops programs buck attendance trend

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 03 / 02 / 15

Just five years ago, University of Nebraska basketball was everything you’d expect at a marquee football school — an afterthought. Crowds at the aging Devaney Sports Center averaged fewer than 10,000 and the Cornhuskers ranged from 45th to 50th nationally in men’s basketbal...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Univ. Of Oregon Signs With Fermata

The Univ. of Oregon for the better part of three decades has operated its own trademark licensing program. And the school, with a big assist from Nike, had done pretty well, making between $4-5M in licensing revenue last year. That level of income would rank UO near the top 10 universities in licens ...

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12/08/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Oregon Signs Fermata For Licensing

The Univ. of Oregon has signed Atlanta-based Fermata Partners to be its licensing agent. Oregon was one of the few schools in the five power conferences to market and manage its licensing rights in-house until going with Fermata, which also has the licensing rights at Kentucky and Miami, as well as ...

12/08/14
SportsBusiness Journal: IMG will cut workforce by 3 percent

IMG will see a 3 percent reduction in its workforce in the coming weeks, according to an internal memo sent to IMG employees last week from Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, co-chairs at WME-IMG. WME acquired IMG for $2.4 billion, and the reduction in the IMG workforce has been in the plans as a ...

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12/08/14
SportsBusiness Journal: PGA Tour viewership numbers drop

PGA Tour TV viewership took another plunge during the 2013-14 season, with average weekend numbers declining 18 percent on NBC and 14 percent on CBS. The drops followed sharp declines the previous year as well. The 2013-14 season was the tour’s first with the new wraparound schedule. ...

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12/08/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Wi-Fi firm joins forces with IMG College

In an effort to motivate its clients to add Wi-Fi to their stadiums and arenas, IMG College has developed a relationship with Extreme Networks, a Silicon Valley-based network provider that works with several NFL teams. Extreme has installed Wi-Fi and provided service for a half-dozen NFL teams as ...

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12/05/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Hunter Nickell Departing IMG College

IMG College Senior VP/Partnership Management & Business Development HUNTER NICKELL on Thursday resigned from the company to pursue other professional opportunities. Nickell, who was previously Speed TV President, joined IMG College in April '12. He was one of IMG College’s senior execs a ...

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12/04/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Learfield Acquires Strategic Marketing Affiliates

Learfield Sports has acquired Indianapolis-based Strategic Marketing Affiliates, a collegiate licensing business founded by Bob Bernard in '97. Learfield will combine the licensing business from SMA with Licensing Resource Group, another collegiate licensing business that Learfield acquired e ...

12/02/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Hero CEO Talks Tiger Woods Deal

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12/01/14
SportsBusiness Daily: IMG To Cut Workforce By 3%

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SportsBusiness Journal: CFP's money trail

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