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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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NCAA’s Emmert: College hoops has got to change

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 11 / 17

Mark Emmert makes some forceful comments concerning the future of college basketball. Photo by: MARC BRYAN-BROWN Profoundly disappointed and shocked. That’ll be NCAA President Mark Emmert&...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Firm puts fans on road to CFP

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10/30/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Social media as a background check

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SportsBusiness Journal: Fanatics' new division with Eiler

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10/16/17
SportsBusiness Daily: Fanatics Acquires Fermata's Colleges Business

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SportsBusiness Daily: Fanatics Starting College Division

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SportsBusiness Journal: Learfield migration to digital

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10/16/17
SportsBusiness Journal: Mercedes kicks the tires on football

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SportsBusiness Daily Global: WME-IMG Creates Holding Company

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