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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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Michael Phelps' Swimwear Brand Unknown As He Returns To Pool

04 / 23 / 14

Michael Phelps is returning to the pool tomorrow, but no one knows what he's going to wear. The Olympic swimmer's endorsement deal with Speedo ended at the end of last year, and they have parted ways. He had worn Speedo in competition since signing with the company in '01. Speedo confirmed that th...

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AT&T To Renew USOC Deal Through '16

AT&T today is expected to announce that it will extend its sponsorship of the USOC and Team USA through the '16 Rio de Janeiro Games. The deal continues a 30-year relationship between AT&T and the USOC. The four-year deal is valued at more than $15M and ensures that AT&T will retain its ...

Pyne: IMG Will Be Sold In 4-24 Months

IMG Sports President George Pyne today said the company will be sold in the next 4-24 months and Forstmann Little will handle the sale. Pyne, speaking at the IMG World Congress of Sports , said the process will take longer than people think. Pyne said he does not think Phil Anschutz' fa ...

NFL's Grubman Talks L.A. Stadium Effort

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NFL To Mandate Locker Room Cameras

The NFL will mandate next season that teams install cameras in home locker rooms, and the teams will have the option to use the video in the stadium during halftime and other breaks in play, as well as on team apps. The move is part of an effort to improve the experience of attending NFL games by pr ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NFL

Welts Says NBA Jersey Patches Years Away

The NBA hopes to hold a vote to approve the sale of jersey sponsorships this month, but Warriors President & COO Rick Welts thinks it will be at least another year or two before owners approve the proposal. Welts, on the opening panel at the IMG World Congress of Sports, said, “Money is ho ...

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Speedo Inks Deal To Sponsor Cullen Jones

Speedo USA today announced it signed Gold Medal-winning swimmer Cullen Jones to a four-year agreement. Jones, a two-time Olympian who competed in the 50-meter freestyle and swam on U.S. relay teams, was formerly sponsored by Nike. He will wear Speedo apparel through '17. Speedo plans to feature Jo ...

USATF Extends Contract For Siegel

Less than a year after hiring Max Siegel as its CEO, USA Track & Field's BOD has extended his contract through '18. Siegel, a former USATF BOD member and Dale Earnhardt Inc. President of Global Operations, signed a two-year contract with the organization when it hired him last April. In a memo ...

NASCAR Bringing DTM Series To U.S.

NASCAR-owned Grand-Am Road Racing tonight will announce an agreement to bring the German touring car series DTM to the U.S. The races, which would feature Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Nissan and Toyota and U.S. manufacturers such as Cadillac, Lincoln or Dodge SRT, would begin as early as '15 and ...

U.S. Speedskating Names Mike Plant Chair

U.S. Speedskating last night named Mike Plant its new Chair. The Braves Exec VP/Business Operations and former USOC BOD member takes over the volunteer leadership of an NGB that has been plagued by scandal over the last year. Plant, a former Olympic speedskater, steps into an organization that has ...

United SportsCar Racing Branding Revealed

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