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Michael Smith

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

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Chevron Launches "Game Day Chef Challenge" For Football Fans

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 03 / 15

Chevron is launching the “Game Day Chef Challenge” this week in an effort to find the best game-day dish. The cooking contest gives football fans and foodies across 16 states the opportunity to compete for a grand prize of $25,000 in Chevron gift cards. Contestants in each region submit...

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03/02/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Learfield to use college ties for ANC

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. ANC Sports Enterprises puts the signage into stadiums and arenas. Collegiate marketing firm Learfield Sports sells it. It only makes sense that the two companies would go into business together. In a deal consummated last w ...

Tags: Colleges

02/23/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Archey returning to Kentucky with JMI

Veteran MLB executive Paul Archey is leaving to join JMI Sports, where he will oversee the University of Kentucky property in returning to his home state. Archey, a native of Greenup, Ky., and a self-described longtime Kentucky Wildcats die-hard, portrayed the new job as an opportunity to return ...

Tags: Colleges

02/20/15
SportsBusiness Daily Global: WME/IMG Close Deal For Icon

WME/IMG has closed its acquisition of golf talent agency Icon Sports Management, whose client list includes Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Icon CEO & Founder R.J. Nemer will become senior VP and head of golf clients in the Americas. In this ne ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

02/19/15
SportsBusiness Daily: WME/IMG Close Deal For Icon Sports Management

Learn more about Icon Sports Management WME/IMG has closed its acquisition of golf talent agency Icon Sports Management, whose client list includes Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Icon CEO & Founder R.J. Nemer will become Senior ...

Tags: Labor and Agents, IMG

02/18/15
SportsBusiness Daily: Pyne Hires Crispino At Bruin Sports Capital

Bruin Sports Capital, the sports, media and marketing company started by George Pyne , today will formally announce that Tony Crispino will be its COO. Crispino worked with Pyne when both were at IMG. SportsBusiness Daily reported in December that Crispino would leave IMG to go to work for Bruin ...

02/16/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Learfield to merge licensing firms

Learfield Sports is combining two of its recent acquisitions to form a new licensing unit. Learfield Licensing Partners is the sum of Licensing Resource Group and Strategic Marketing Affiliates, two smaller businesses that Learfield acquired in 2014 and will now merge into one. Both the LRG and S ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

02/16/15
SportsBusiness Journal: CFP game to pull from Dallas, Super Bowl

Now that the Super Bowl and all of its activities have exited the Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix area can turn its attention to its next big event — the Jan. 11, 2016, College Football Playoff championship game. Brad Wright, co-chair of the ...

Tags: Events and Attractions

02/09/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Atlantic 10 campaign stars early birds

Somehow, the Atlantic 10’s new branding spots make 6 a.m. workouts look exciting. The conference’s first attempt at a brand campaign last year focused strictly on basketball. The A-10’s new spots, which debuted within the last few weeks, share the focus with the lifestyle of the ...

Tags: Colleges

02/02/15
SportsBusiness Journal: Good Luck: ADs have new ally at NCAA

As Oliver Luck walked through the lobby of the Marco Island Hilton, an athletic director from the ACC reached out to shake his hand. “There goes the savior of the NCAA,” the AD said to Luck, with a laugh. Luck shrugged off the line as a joke, but there was a thread of truth hidden ...

Tags: Colleges

02/02/15
SportsBusiness Journal: NCAA to assist families with travel

The NCAA has budgeted $300,000 to pay expenses for the families of the athletes in the men’s and women’s Final Four. Under a one-year pilot program that began with the College Football Playoff championship, family members are allowed to receive a stipend to cover travel costs to selec ...

Tags: Colleges

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