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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Mobile-Based Senior Bowl Extends With Title Sponsor Reese's

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 17 / 18

The Senior Bowl and title sponsor Reese’s have extended their agreement that kicked off in '14. The game in Mobile, Ala., highlights college football’s best seniors and junior graduates, placing them on teams coached by pro st...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Golf Channel's "Big Break" Ups Prize Money

The Golf Channel today is announcing the largest prize in the 19-season history of the “Big Break” series, with more than $100,000 in cash and prizes at stake when the show premieres May 13. A preview show introducing the players will air Wednesday night at 9:00pm ET. The 11-week series, ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Ivy League Launching Digital Network

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Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: USGA putting out book, documentary

The U.S. Golf Association is releasing a coffee-table book next month and debuting a documentary about the U.S. Open in June, giving it two new platforms on which to show off its historical photos, footage and artifacts. The book, “Great Moments of the U.S. Open,” contains hundreds of ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

SportsBusiness Journal: Murphy-Stephans takes wide view

Lydia Murphy-Stephans has worked on nearly every facet of the Pac-12 Networks since she arrived as general manager 18 months ago — except for distribution. Now, that aspect of the job — getting her networks picked up by as many cable, satellite and telecommunications operators as poss ...

Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: League’s ‘American’ revolution

Before the Big East rebranded to the American Athletic Conference earlier this month, two creative teams started with a list of 250 potential names. Through a series of focus groups and online surveys, which weighed the opinions of more than 10,000 people, the list narrowed. The conference’ ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Learfield Sports Celebrates 40 Years

Southfork Ranch in Dallas will be the site of Learfield's 40th anniversary celebration beginning today, when the company will host all of its employees from around the country to pay tribute to co-founders Clyde Lear and Derry Brownfield . Authors/speakers for the event include Seth Godin and ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Zurich Extends PGA Tour Deal

Zurich Insurance Group, title sponsor of this week's PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans, has extended its deal through '19. Zurich's relationship with the Tour, established in '05, was set to expire next year. An announcement is being made this afternoon by Martin Senn , CEO of the Switzer ...

On The Ground: Winners and Losers: ACC presidents agree to grant of rights

SportsBusiness Journal/Daily staff writers John Ourand and Michael Smith look at the ACC’s grant of rights and what it means: The ACC announced Monday that its school presidents agreed to a grant of rights, meaning that if a school leaves the conference, its media rights stay with the A ...

Tags: Colleges, Media

On The Ground: Big Texas budget, Big Texas revenue, Big 12 results?

For all of those university presidents and athletic directors turning college sports upside down in pursuit of the almighty dollar, think about the athletic year the University of Texas has had. The school with the nation’s largest annual budget and greatest revenue generation hasn’t cha ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: IMG College's NCAA run ends

IMG College no longer is contracted to sell NCAA sponsorships, ending a productive five-year run during which the company sold at least five corporate champion or partner deals. NCAA rights holders Turner and CBS manage the sponsorship program, but IMG College has had the rights to sell those spo ...

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