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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Cal CRO Ashwin Puri Leaving School To Join A's Organization

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 17 / 17

Cal CRO Ashwin Puri is leaving the school to become A’s VP/Strategy & Business Operations. Puri, a ‘ 17 SBJ/SBD “Forty Under 40” winner , was responsible for some of Cal’s biggest business deals in the last few years, including the $87M deal with Under Armour an...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Familiar faces to manage CFP events

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Tags: Colleges

06/23/17
SportsBusiness Daily: Pac-12 Holding First Sustainability Symposium

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06/19/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Shropshire to lead Adidas-ASU alliance

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Tags: Colleges

06/19/17
SportsBusiness Journal: On Location revamps and expands

On Location Experiences, the NFL’s hospitality partner, has revamped and expanded its sales and marketing staff in recent weeks at its growing New York office, while also building a network of international sales agents across Europe, Mexico and China. The moves come as the company this we ...

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06/12/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Learfield’s purchase restores Paciolan

Learfield is acquiring Spectra Ticketing and Fan Engagement, the Comcast Spectacor subsidiary, and will restore the company’s name to Paciolan. For years, Paciolan has been the leader in collegiate ticketing by providing the software platform for most of the schools at the FBS level. The fi ...

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06/12/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Plugged In: Josh Rebholz

Josh Rebholz was fresh out of college in 2004 when he took a development job at Portland State making $21,000 a year and living in a friend’s basement. Now the senior associate athletic director at UCLA, Rebholz touts his time at Portland State, where he was a one-man fundraising department i ...

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06/12/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Radakovich and Clemson’s transformation

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06/06/17
SportsBusiness Daily: Van Wagner Wins Multimedia Rights At Liberty

Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment has won the multimedia rights at Liberty Univ., making VWSE the sales agency for the Lynchburg, Va., school in athletics and across campus. VWSE Exec VP/Collegiate Services Mike Palisi struck the deal with Liberty AD Ian McCaw. VWSE will have rights to inte ...

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05/29/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Kentucky Wildcats: Service and smiles

It’s 7,547 miles from the University of Kentucky’s campus to Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. Until six years ago, there was practically no reason a Kentucky athlete would have ever made that trip or gotten to know the people in the impoverished parts of the city. Chances ar ...

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05/22/17
SportsBusiness Journal: United gets Coliseum naming rights

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