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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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09/01/08
IndyCar, Izod prepare apparel line for spring retail

Expect to see IndyCar Series displays and maybe even a driver or two next year in some of the nation’s leading department stores, like Macy’s, thanks to Izod’s new line of IndyCar-branded apparel. Izod unveiled a new line of vintage jeans and shirts with IndyCar prints last week at the ...

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09/01/08
JetBlue, burnt orange mix for Texas deal

JetBlue Airways, which flies to six cities from Austin, Texas, is the newest corporate partner of University of Texas athletics. The deal is part of an emerging JetBlue strategy that targets the college space. The New York-based airline also is working on a promotional rights deal with ...

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09/01/08
Longhorn TV: Will it hook ’em?

One of cable’s worst nightmares could become a reality in the Lone Star State, where the University of Texas is exploring the viability of a statewide TV channel devoted to Longhorn sports. Texas and its multimedia rights partner, IMG College, have been in discussions with prospect ...

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08/25/08
Next on the agenda: BCS/Fox negotiations

The BCS’ negotiations with Fox are next on the explosive TV agenda in college sports. Those talks are expected to begin next month. The BCS and Fox have a 30-day window to negotiate, and after that they could continue or the BCS could take its property to the marketplace. The ...

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08/25/08
IMG venture to offer private financing for college facilities

Expensive facility upgrades often require university athletic departments to go into debt or seek public funding, but IMG College is partnering with affiliated company International Stadia Group to offer schools private financing for such projects. ISG, a London-based joint venture b ...

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08/25/08
‘Kickoff’ aims for college football spotlight

Gary Stokan, the Chick-fil-A Bowl chief, wasn’t looking for just another game to promote when he paired Alabama and Clemson for a season-opening Aug. 30 showdown. He hoped to create a “kickoff” property capable of directing the nation’s attention to one site for the start of the c ...

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08/25/08
ESPN pays $2.25B for SEC rights

ESPN will pay the Southeastern Conference a staggering $2.25 billion over the next 15 years — about $150 million a year — for the conference’s TV rights, giving the network all of the SEC’s content that was not taken by CBS, industry sources confirm. The deal effectively ...

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08/18/08
Longhorns rule royalties list; Jayhawks soar

National titles paid off handsomely for LSU, the football champion, and Kansas, the basketball champ, in merchandise sales and licensing revenue. The Tigers and Jayhawks were the big movers in Collegiate Licensing Co.’s rankings of the best-selling universities for 2007-08 among its ...

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08/18/08
Subway working on deal with Edwards

Subway is completing a deal with Carl Edwards that will make the ultra-fit NASCAR driver a spokesman for the big-spending restaurant chain, industry sources said. Subway is expected to be primary sponsor for Edwards’ No. 99 Ford in three Sprint Cup races next year and sign him to a p ...

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08/18/08
Ex-SMI exec Wheeler forming consultancy with son and daughter

Humpy Wheeler’s been busy since he left Speedway Motorsports Inc. in May, negotiating to represent NASCAR drivers, pitching a TV show concept to Hollywood and consulting for racing network Speed. This week, Wheeler will announce that he’s forming his own outfit, The Wheeler Co., which will pu ...

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