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Playing The Field: Golfers Showing Willingness To Mix-And-Match Equipment Brands On Tour

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 18 / 17

Many observers thought Nike’s departure from the golf equipment business would "pave the way for others such as Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist and Ping to lock in endorsement contracts with players who suddenly were free agents," but it "hasn’t worked out that way," according to D...

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Soccer Marketing Notes

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