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2014 SBD/SBJ Reader Survey: Slive Still Seen As Most Effective Conference Commissioner

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 11 / 26 / 14

The 10th annual SportsBusiness Daily/SportsBusiness Journal Reader Survey is in the books, and more than 1,000 voters weighed in on nearly 100 questions that spanned all facets of the industry. Voting was conducted over three weeks starting Oct. 13, with polling via SportsBusinessDaily.com and Sport...

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