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Michael Smith

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

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StubHub doubles number of SEC partners

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 25 / 16

Judging by StubHub’s 40-plus college relationships, including three new deals in the Southeastern Conference, the trepidation coming from schools about the secondary ticket market has dissipated. StubHub has finalized ticketing and sponsorship deals at LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, p...

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03/21/16
SportsBusiness Journal: NCAA expected more from Burger King

The NCAA thought it was getting a fast-food power that would flex its retail-activation muscle when Burger King signed on as a corporate partner. Burger King, meanwhile, was enamored with buying March Madness media and signing stars like Chris Webber for its high-energy creative. Once the two sid ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Colleges

03/21/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Big Ten tests market for new rights deal

The bidding for the Big Ten’s television rights, which run through 2016-17 in its current contract, has begun in earnest. The Chicago-based conference had one formal meeting with its primary rights holder, ESPN, earlier this month when Big Ten officials told ESPN that the league will open u ...

Tags: Media

03/16/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Burger King Ends NCAA Sponsorship Deal

Burger King has exited its corporate partner deal with the NCAA after just two years as a sponsor. The original deal was for three years. Neither the NCAA nor Burger King would comment on why the deal fell apart before its term was finished, or whether Burger King was required to pay for the final y ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Burger King, NCAA

03/14/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Just the fax ma'am

Even as the Selection Show matured into the age of email, the NCAA still preferred to ship the brackets to CBS via fax. Email was too easy to forward. A fax on a single sheet of paper was safer to control potential leaks. For most of the years of the show, CBS’s on-site producer was Steve S ...

Tags: In-Depth, Media

03/14/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Carolina tries new hospitality space

For all of the history and nostalgia created inside the University of North Carolina’s Smith Center, the 30-year-old basketball facility is limited by tight concourses and a lack of revenue-generating premium spaces. But during the final two home games of the regular season, the Tar Heels e ...

Tags: Colleges

03/14/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Fox Sports adds Auburn to rights list

Auburn University will double its multimedia rights revenue in a new deal with Fox Sports that was announced last week. The Tigers’ new 10-year agreement with Fox’s growing collegiate properties division guarantees them $120 million, industry sources said. Fox would not comment on fin ...

Tags: Fox, Media, GE, ING, CES, Ally, IMG

03/14/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Pac-12 aligns with Sidearm

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. The Pac-12, which centralized the digital rights for all 12 schools in 2012, has signed Sidearm Sports to be its digital partner. Sidearm, a Learfield company, will provide the platform and technical support for 11 of the 1 ...

Tags: Colleges

03/14/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Stories behind Selection Sunday

The NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show is one of the longest-running reality shows on broadcast television. It’s a day for winners and losers. You’re either in, or you’re out. Seasons are defined and bubbles are burst as the NCAA tournament brackets are made p ...

Tags: In-Depth, Media

03/14/16
SportsBusiness Journal: Plugged In: Brooks Downing

Editor’s note: The 2016 Vegas 16 tournament was reduced to an eight-team field since this story appeared in the magazine. During the final week of March, 16 men’s college basketball teams will gather in Las Vegas for a first-of-its-kind postseason tournament. The company behind t ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

03/07/16
SportsBusiness Daily: Auburn Signs Multimedia Rights Deal With Fox

Auburn will double the school's multimedia rights revenue in a new deal with Fox Sports announced today. The new 10-year agreement with Fox’ growing collegiate properties division will guarantee Auburn $120M, sources said. Fox would not comment on financial specifics. Auburn will have addition ...

Tags: Media, Fox

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