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Panini Signs QB Marcus Mariota To Autograph Trading-Card Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 30 / 15

Panini has signed NFL Draft prospect and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota  to an autograph trading-card deal. Under the agreement, Mariota will appear on Panini packaging including its first collegiate licensed trading cards, "Contenders ...

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03/11/15
Illinois Pays To Play At Soldier Field

The Univ. of Illinois will pay "almost $675,000 for the right to play three Thanksgiving weekend games at Soldier Field in the next five years," according to Julie Wurth of the Champaign NEWS-GAZETTE. But UI is "banking on much higher profits from ticket sales and other revenue at the games." U ...

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03/11/15
Rhoades Makes First Appearance As MU AD

New Missouri AD Mack Rhoades "appeared relaxed Tuesday as he led his first 'M-I-Z, Z-O-U' chant before beginning his remarks to a crowd of several hundred supporters" who gathered for his "first public appearance as the Tigers’ top athletics administrator," according to Tod Palmer of the ...

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03/10/15
New Mizzou AD Lauded For Capabilities

New Missouri AD Mack Rhoades "earned a reputation as a consensus builder during the chaos of a conference realignment" and transformed the Univ. of Houston's athletic facilities the last five years "through fundraising acumen," according to a front-page piece by Tod Palmer of the K.C. STAR. UTEP AD ...

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03/10/15
Texas Raises Football Ticket Prices By 6%

The Univ. of Texas yesterday announced its ticket-pricing structure for the '15 football season, and the average price of season tickets "went up" by 6%, according to Stefan Scrafield of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. However, a new, entry-level ticket "was introduced to reduce the get-in-the-door pr ...

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03/10/15
Memphis AD Bowen Sits For Q&A

Memphis AD Tom Bowen discussed ticketing, facilities and the athletic department budget in a Q&A with Geoff Calkins of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. Bowen said of concerns about basketball season-ticket renewals, "I’m hopeful that the legacy of Tiger basketball is something people want to ...

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03/09/15
Mack Rhoades To Be New Mizzou AD

Missouri today named Houston AD Mack Rhoades to the same position, replacing Mike Alden, who is stepping down in August . Rhoades will begin in late April ( UM ). CBSSPORTS.com's Dennis Dodd cited sources as saying that Rhoades was chosen "after other candidates dropped out." Ole Mis ...

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03/09/15
Michigan's Hackett Enjoying Interim AD Role

Michigan interim AD Jim Hackett is “warming to the transition and mentoring aspects of the job," but he sees "no reason to change the status quo” by removing the tag from his title, according to Mark Snyder of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Hackett, who has a $600, ...

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03/06/15
Pac-12 Projected TV Revenue Trails SEC, Big Ten

Although Pac-12 schools in '17-18 are projected to bring in $22.95M of TV revenue per school, there is a "monumental gap" between the Pac-12 and other conferences, according to Jon Wilner of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. SEC schools, for example, are projected to haul in $35.6M each, while the Big Ten, ...

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03/04/15
Syracuse Tops CBB Attendance Again

The Syracuse men's basketball team likely "will lead the country in attendance for the second year in a row" after a crowd of 25,338 "turned out for Syracuse's final regular-season home game against Virginia on Monday night," according to Mike Waters of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. Monday's number "b ...

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03/03/15
Memphis Raises Football Ticket Prices

The Univ. of Memphis yesterday announced "price boosts for all seating categories following one of the most successful seasons in Tiger football history," according to Phil Stukenborg of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. Lower sideline seats at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium "have increased from $150 t ...

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