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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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CAA Sports buys Fermata

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 27 / 15

There were some new faces at Creative Artists Agency’s annual company retreat last week at La Costa Resort & Spa. Fermata Partners’ four co-founders were among those in attendance at the retreat, where they were introduced as the newest members of the CAA Sports team. CAA Sports f...

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Tags: Colleges, Marketing and Sponsorship

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