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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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Big 12 Tourney Staying In K.C.?

The Big 12 Tournament began yesterday at Sprint Center, and conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby "didn't need" a press conference to get the message that the city "aches to retain the event," according to Blair Kerkhoff of the K.C. STAR. Bowlsby said, "Everybody from the guy at the baggage claim, fro ...

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Turner Hosting Facebeook March Madness Show

Turner Sports is hosting a March Madness Bracket Lounge at the SXSW conference, which begins tomorrow in Austin, that will be streamed live Sunday on Facebook, following the unveiling of the '15 NCAA Tournament bracket on CBS. The Facebook Live show will be streamed via the NCAA March Madness Facebo ...

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03/12/15
Vegas Breathes Life Into Pac-12 Tournament

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03/11/15
New ACC Format Seen As Positive

The ACC men's basketball tournament's move back to a Saturday night finish means an earlier start to the event, which is "inconvenient, if not untenable, for many spectators hoping to attend early-round games," but the "overarching benefits prevail," according to David Teel of the Hampton ...

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03/10/15
CFP Unlikely To Change In Second Year

After one season of the CFP, the "general consensus among the 10 FBS commissioners who comprise the playoff's management committee was a ringing endorsement of success," according to Heather Dinich of ESPN.com. Dinich: "Don't expect major changes in Year 2 because there won't be any." They "simply a ...

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03/09/15
Haymon Earns Praise For Debut Of "PBC"

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