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Michael Smith

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

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Tom Jernstedt, father of the Final Four

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 03 / 23 / 15

T he commemorative basketballs sit in a row over the fireplace. They line a shelf over the bar. They fill bookcases and mantels throughout the den and office. Everywhere you look in Tom Jernstedt’s basement, there are basketballs — 40 in all. The top two levels of the Jernstedts&rsqu...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Ouster puts diversity at center for PGA

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/03/14
SportsBusiness Journal: A tough ending for Bevacqua-Bishop team

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10/28/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ASU, IMG Officially Part Ways

Arizona State Univ. and IMG College parted ways Monday, and ASU Associate VP & Chief Business Development Officer Greg McElroy will oversee the transition to a new multimedia rights partner. Until that time, ASU will manage its rights in-house. McElroy, who left the Cowboys after eight years to ...

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10/27/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ASU Seeks New Rights Partner

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10/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: JMI buys out contract at UK

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Tags: Colleges

10/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: IMG gets rugby assignment

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Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Firms look to make Duke stats come alive

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Tags: Colleges

10/27/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Social goes big on campus

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10/24/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Atlantic Sun Reaches Deal With LakePoint

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SportsBusiness Daily: Panini Signs Exclusive Deals With Three Schools

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