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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Learfield appoints regional sales chiefs

04 / 07 / 14

Learfield Sports has appointed regional sales chiefs in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Atlanta to bolster its national sales efforts. The four new regional vice presidents will report to Roy Seinfeld, Learfield’s executive vice president of national sales. The four hires will have both ...

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