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

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NCAA Sponsor Northwestern Mutual Renews Early Through '20

04 / 03 / 14

NCAA corporate partner Northwestern Mutual has agreed to extend its sponsorship through '20. The firm’s original deal, signed in '12, was good through '15, but the company elected to renew early. The extension was struck with Turner Sports and CBS. Financial terms were not available, but corpo...

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05/30/12
Cox Media Group Invests In iHigh

Cox Media Group has made an $11.7M investment in iHigh, the digital TV platform and online network for youth teams and other groups who want to broadcast their events. iHigh said the investment will be used to charge the company’s product development and expansion. The company, started by Jim ...

05/21/12
Crowne Plaza Invitational To Feature "Plum" Promotion

When Crowne Plaza launched a new brand identity campaign late last year, the upscale hotel chose to emphasize one of its primary colors -- plum -- in its marketing and advertising. This week’s PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will be the hotel’s first chance to put that plu ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, PGA Tour

05/21/12
IMG College Adds OU, Two NASCAR Tracks

The stadium seating division of IMG College has added new clients -- the Univ. of Oklahoma and two NASCAR speedways -- that grow and expand the division's business. IMG College now has stadium seating deals with 120 schools that call for the company to sell rented seat backs to ticket holders. At OU ...

Tags: Facilities, IMG

05/17/12
Byron Nelson Tourney Unveils Social Media Initiatives

This week’s PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Championship, which began today in Dallas, will unveil several new social media initiatives designed to connect with and reward fans at TPC Las Colinas. Twitter posts tagged with #HPBNC will be streamed on full-color, big screen TVs and scoreboards. The Cad ...

Tags: Events and Attractions, PGA Tour

05/17/12
HP Byron Nelson Unveils Social Media Plans

This week’s PGA Tour HP Byron Nelson Championship, which tees off today in Dallas, will unveil several new social media initiatives designed to connect with and reward fans at TPC Las Colinas. Twitter posts tagged with #HPBNC will be streamed on full-color, big screen TVs and scoreboards. The ...

05/10/12
IMG Files Motion Against Jon Wagner

IMG Worldwide filed a motion and was granted a temporary restraining order against Jon Wagner, prohibiting the former IMG golf agent from signing IMG players or hiring IMG employees. The Cuyahoga County common pleas court issued the restraining order to restrict Wagner from signing golfers who are c ...

Tags: Labor and Agents, IMG

05/09/12
ACC, ESPN Renegotiate TV Rights Deal

Expansion paid off handsomely for the ACC. The conference's newly renegotiated media contract with ESPN -- announced today -- will pay $3.6B over the next 15 years, an average of $240M per year, according to industry sources. That's just shy of the record $250M deal the Pac-12 negotiated w ...

05/08/12
Kevin Lynch Leaving IMG Golf

IMG Golf suffered another blow yesterday when one of its top agents and recruiters among the amateur golf ranks, Kevin Lynch , decided to leave the company. A five-year IMG Golf veteran and a former college golf coach, Lynch worked closely with IMG golfers Kevin Na and Jamie Lovemark . The forme ...

04/27/12
Jon Wagner Departs From IMG

IMG’s Jon Wagner , who has represented golfers  Luke Donald , Sean O’Hair and Trevor Immelman , is no longer with the company. Wagner was co-Managing Dir for IMG Golf Americas with Clarke Jones and worked on event business, as well as player representation, from the Cleveland ...

04/20/12
AT&T To Sponsor SEC's Baseball Legends Class

AT&T, a longtime SEC corporate partner, will title sponsor the conference’s inaugural Baseball Legends class, similar to what the SEC does in football and basketball. The SEC baseball legends — four will be recognized each year — will have on-field recognition and awards presen ...

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