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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 17 / 17

$3M  -- Amount that Chinese basketball player Guo Ailun will get annually from Jordan Brand as part of his new shoe deal. Guo is the first international athlete to have his own Jordan signature sneaker ( ESPN.com, 8/17 )

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"Contrary to what many may think, the president of the NCAA is not the czar of college sports." — NCAA President Myles Brand, in an Op/Ed in today's PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER (12/29).

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Monday, December 29, 2003 Similarities between Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps border on the uncanny. Poll shows that Wisconsinites love football. ...

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