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

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WME-IMG Makes Foray Into Gaming With Acquisition Of Global eSports Management

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 21 / 15

WME-IMG has acquired Global eSports Management, an int'l full-service eSports talent agency that manages clients across the pro gaming industry. WME-IMG will now represent eSports players who compete at the highest levels globally. GEM was founded in '13 and reps some of the biggest personalities i...

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Tags: Finance, William Morris Endeavor, IMG

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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

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

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

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 ...

SportsBusiness Daily: WME, IMG Take Part In Day Of Service

The offices of WME and IMG will be closed today as the companies' 4,000 employees take part in a variety of charitable activities in more than 100 cities across five continents. The WME Foundation program "Walk the Walk" calls on employees around the world to engage in a day of service. Among the ac ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Vegas PGA Tour event makes a splash

The PGA Tour’s event in Las Vegas this week is looking to make a big splash with the addition of six swimming pools around the 16th, 17th and 18th greens. The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, which is now the second stop on the PGA Tour’s new wrap-around schedule, began tossing a ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

SportsBusiness Journal: TaylorMade goes to the lowlights

It’s rare that a PGA Tour pro would chunk a shot so badly that mud would wind up on his face. But that’s exactly the type of highlight — or lowlight — TaylorMade wanted for its new marketing campaign, which promotes a product launch this week. Whether the golfer is a pro o ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: PGA Tour tests Experience at 3 events

Fans who always wondered what it was like to attend a PGA Tour press conference or walk inside the ropes were able to find out as part of a trial program across three PGA Tour events in August and September. For those events, the tour used its mobile app to offer exclusive items that had never be ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Journal: Big South, Hardee’s add two years

The Big South Conference has extended its corporate sponsorship with Hardee’s two more years. The league’s official quick-service restaurant deal now goes out to 2017. The extension will give Hardee’s more digital and TV advertising through the official website, BigSouthSports.c ...

Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: Humana opting out of PGA Tour event

Humana made a big impact when it title-sponsored the PGA Tour event in La Quinta, Calif., starting in 2012, but the health care provider says the 2015 tournament will be its last. The Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation became a unique stop on the tour each January. Not ...

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