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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Learfield appoints regional sales chiefs

04 / 07 / 14

Learfield Sports has appointed regional sales chiefs in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Atlanta to bolster its national sales efforts. The four new regional vice presidents will report to Roy Seinfeld, Learfield’s executive vice president of national sales. The four hires will have both ...

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04/07/14
Octagon reboots golf rep business

Octagon has re-entered the golf representation business as it looks to dive back into athlete management and golf course development. The company has hired four veteran executives, including Stuart Cage, formerly the lead agent for Chubby Chandler’s ISM where he managed Rory McIlroy. It has ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

04/07/14
Northwestern Mutual extends NCAA deal

NCAA corporate partner Northwestern Mutual extended its sponsorship through 2020 in the days leading up to the Final Four. Northwestern’s original deal, signed in 2012, was good through 2015, but the financial services and insurance company elected to renew early. The extension was struck w ...

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03/31/14
PrimeSport sells inside, outside AT&T

PrimeSport’s Final Four fan hospitality area will have a space for up to 4,000 customers within the footprint of the NCAA’s Tip-Off Tailgate at AT&T Stadium. PrimeSport is the official hospitality provider for the NCAA a ...

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03/31/14
In Big D, logistics require two parties

The hub of the NCAA’s music and entertainment at the Final Four will be in downtown Dallas, but event organizers are expanding their offerings at AT&T Stadium to create the largest on-site party the NCAA’s ever had. Turner Live Events, a division of Turner Broadcasting, manages al ...

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03/24/14
Inside Turner, ready for tipoff

Twenty minutes before the Turner Sports studio team launches its coverage of the NCAA tournament’s “First Four,” Steve Smith and Grant Hill sit behind the studio desk filling out their brackets. “Can Iowa State beat Michigan State?” Hill asks Smith, the former Sparta ...

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03/17/14
Dove spotlights Wright in ‘Easy Decisions’

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright, wearing a black pinstripe suit, looks intently at the two bottles of body wash put before him. With all of the intensity of a Villanova huddle in the final seconds of a tense NCAA tournament ga ...

Tags: Colleges

03/17/14
Schemmel opening consultancy

Jeff Schemmel, the former San Diego State athletic director who is now a college consultant, has opened his own firm in Atlanta. College Sports Solutions will offer consulting services for athletic departments, led by Schemmel and a cast of college sports veterans who are available to assist scho ...

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03/17/14
New ads link partners to NCAA

New themed commercials from Burger King and Dove Men+Care highlight a flurry of March Madness creative breaking this week from NCAA partners. Burger King, the NCAA’s newest partner, came on board in October with a three-year deal to be the ...

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03/17/14
Bradley stars in mobile experience for National

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. National Car Rental, a PGA of America corporate partner, will launch a mobile marketing tour next month featuring PGA Tour star Keegan Bradley. A 39-foot-long emerald green bus with a giant image of Bradley on the side will visit ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

03/10/14
Tour title sponsors go long

The CEO of Travelers Insurance thought back to 2007, when the company first decided to title sponsor a PGA Tour event. “We were a little unsure,” said Jay Fishman recently, speaking to a group that included PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. ...

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