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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Varsity’s boss helps cheerleading bring it on

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 04 / 24 / 17

Jeff Webb’s company, Varsity, first began running cheerleading competitions in 1980. Some 37 years later, cheerleading has gained provisional status from the International Olympic Committee with the hope that the sport could become part of the Olympic Games in the future. This week’s Wo...

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SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN focuses on BCS, Big East

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SportsBusiness Journal: NeuLion launches new college apps

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SportsBusiness Journal: No-obligation bowl tickets available

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