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SportsBusiness Journal Staff Writer Tripp Mickle

Tripp Mickle

Tripp Mickle covers motorsports, action sports and the Olympics for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Comcast building three pillars for Xfinity Series sponsorship

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 15 / 14

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Comcast has five months before the checkered flag drops on the first race of the Xfinity Series, but the company already has begun making plans for promoting its video and Internet service’s NASCAR sponsorship. Announ...

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Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

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SportsBusiness Daily: FanVision Acquires TrackScan

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SportsBusiness Daily: Repreve Returning As Winter X Sponsor

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01/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Stormy process delivers IMG to WME

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01/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Sponsors adjust to activism at Games

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Tags: Olympics

01/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Acquisition creates a new rival for CAA

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01/06/14
SportsBusiness Journal: With deal, focus turns to integration

WME hopes to cut more than $100 million in costs from IMG’s business, according to sources familiar with its plan. WME’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is $90 million, and it hopes efficiencies between its business and IMG, which has an EBITDA ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Future look of IMG unclear

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12/23/13
SportsBusiness Daily: UPS To End NASCAR, RFR Deals After '14

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12/23/13
SportsBusiness Daily: Schiller Named USA Team Handball President

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SportsBusiness Daily: IMG Acquisition Will Take Months To Complete

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