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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Team to star in six-episode HBO series

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 02 / 20 / 17

A sellout crowd cheers UConn’s 100th consecutive victory on Feb. 13. Photo by: STEPHEN SLADE / UCONN A production team from IMG’s original content division has been coveri...

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