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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Alabama’s success delivers big payday

04 / 21 / 14

Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Roll Tide is right. The University of Alabama is set to capitalize on its success over the last five years by signing one of the nation’s most lucrative multimedia ...

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01/06/14
GolfNow targets clubhouse experience

When golfers go to GolfNow.com to book a tee time, they probably have no idea that the website is a division of the Golf Channel. Only in the bottom right-hand corner, several scrolls down, would a visitor see a small Golf Channel logo with the colorful peacock. For a half-dozen years, GolfNow ...

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01/06/14
Future look of IMG unclear

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Everyone wants to know what the new William Morris Endeavor/IMG will be called and what it will look like. While all of those answers haven’t yet come to light, there are early indications of what IMG’s new owne ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

12/16/13
Winds of change on campus

The leaders of collegiate athletics aren’t ready to get rid of the NCAA, but they say they are ready to create seismic changes in the way the organization operates. Those changes include a new model within Division I that would give the five power conferences a new level of autonomy and a w ...

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12/09/13
For Golf Channel, a show in the Show

The PGA Merchandise Show each January represents one of those rare occasions when the global golf community gathers in a single locale. Next month, for the first time, Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” will be broadcasting from the merchandise show, giving outsiders a glimpse insid ...

Tags: Media

12/02/13
How distribution could work

One of the key questions college administrators ask is how the money would be distributed to the athletes. “There has to be a mechanism created, because that’s the only way to do group licensing,” said Jeffrey Kessler, a prominent antitrust attorney who has worked with all the m ...

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12/02/13
A pay-for-play model

More than $2.3 billion of network-funded revenue will course through the veins of college sports’ five power conferences by the year 2020. History gives us a pretty good idea of how the 65 schools in those leagues will spend that windfall. Mostly, they will pay coaches more and build extrav ...

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11/25/13
The birth of a program

The Charlotte 49ers’ last home game didn’t go the way Athletic Director Judy Rose wanted. That game, an upset loss to Division III Wesley College two weeks ago, ensured that the football team would have a losing record in its inaugural season. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: Michael Smith t ...

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11/25/13
Under Armour will outfit NLL

Under Armour has enjoyed a strong presence in youth lacrosse for years, and now the apparel and shoe brand is moving into the pro game. The National Lacrosse League has struck a three-year deal that will make Under Armour the league’s official apparel, footwear and equipment provider. Under ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

11/18/13
Maui tourney marks 30 years

If Ralph Sampson and Virginia’s basketball team had just taken care of business against Division II Chaminade on that night in 1982, there might never have been a Maui Invitational. But the No. 1-ranked Cavaliers couldn’t avoid the greatest upset in college basketball history, and Cha ...

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11/18/13
AT&T extends Pebble Beach title deal

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. The PGA Tour has been pushing title sponsors to extend their deals for longer terms, and AT&T apparently was listening. The longtime title sponsor of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has agreed to extend its contract with the ...

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