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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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UCLA, Under Armour Reach Apparel Deal Worth Near $20M Annually

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 24 / 16

Under Armour will unveil a landmark footwear and apparel deal with UCLA today that will be the most lucrative in college sports, according to industry sources. The Bruins’ new deal in annual cash, signing bonus and gear is expected to surpass the massive 15-year, $252M deal Ohio State signed w...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Brown out: UPS to leave NCAA partnership

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SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Amy Yakola

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