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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Archey returning to Kentucky roots with JMI

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 02 / 23 / 15

Veteran MLB executive Paul Archey is leaving to join JMI Sports, where he will oversee the University of Kentucky property in returning to his home state. Archey, a native of Greenup, Ky., and a self-described longtime Kentucky Wildcats die-hard, portrayed the new job as an opportunity to return ...

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