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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Mobile-Based Senior Bowl Extends With Title Sponsor Reese's

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 17 / 18

The Senior Bowl and title sponsor Reese’s have extended their agreement that kicked off in '14. The game in Mobile, Ala., highlights college football’s best seniors and junior graduates, placing them on teams coached by pro st...

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Guy Kinnings stood in front of the players’ locker room at Quail Hollow Club, beads of sweat dotting the Englishman’s brow on a warm May afternoon. The co-chief of IMG’s global golf business had just completed a walk through the driving range to chat with some of IMG’s key ...

Tags: Labor and Agents

SportsBusiness Journal: USGA signs Chevron as sponsor

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SportsBusiness Journal: Slow going on Big 12 deal

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SportsBusiness Journal: Schools get ticket education

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SportsBusiness Daily: Cox Media Group Invests In iHigh

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SportsBusiness Daily: IMG College Adds OU, Two NASCAR Tracks

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