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Learfield Buys GoVision, Which Provides Temporary LED Signage For Big Events

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 30 / 16

Learfield continued its buying spree with the acquisition of GoVision, the Texas-based company that provides large-scale LED video boards to big events like the Ryder Cup and Final Four. GoVision will retain its name, but going forward will be known as a Learfield company. GoVision Founder Chris Cur...

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