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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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United Airlines grabs Coliseum naming rights

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 05 / 22 / 17

United Airlines is buying the naming rights to venerable Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for just north of $70 million over 15 years, according to sources familiar with the negotiations, making it the richest naming-rights deal among college football stadiums. ...

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