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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Ryder Cup a ‘crowning moment’ for Golf Channel-NBC coverage

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 22 / 14

When Golf Channel goes live with its coverage of the Ryder Cup in the wee morning hours Friday, it will very simply be “the biggest day in Golf Channel history,” said Molly Solomon, the network’s executive producer. In the past, ESPN has carried the first day of Ryder Cup play o...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Learfield gets Missouri Valley rights

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