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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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Nelligan back as FAU rights holder

Pat Chun capped off his first year as athletic director at Florida Atlantic earlier this month with a new multimedia rights deal that is expected to pay $25 million over the next 10 years. The agreement extends the relationship between Boca Rato ...

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The making of ‘GameDay’

By late afternoon of a college football Saturday, Lee Fitting and the “College GameDay” crew have retired to the ESPN bus that’s their second home during the season. Fitting, the senior coordinating producer for arguably ESPN’s most popular “studio” show &mdash ...

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How USGA found a fit with Fox

When Fox Sports executives Randy Freer and Larry Jones first sat across the table from the U.S. Golf Association on Aug. 2, a mix of curiosity and skepticism filled the New York City conference room. Some saw Fox, known for its cutting-edge production and attitude, as the perfect alternative to N ...

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A&M’s merch boom: More than Manziel

Texas A&M sold a school-record $70 million worth of licensed merchandise during the most recent fiscal year, and not all of it was in the form of Johnny Manziel’s No. 2 football jersey. While the Aggies’ Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback certainly contributed to the elevated sale ...

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Fluhr’s Spreecast enters college space

Spreecast, the social video platform started by StubHub founder Jeff Fluhr, has found its entrée into college sports through an arrangement with the University of Southern California. The Trojans launched their Spreecast partnership last week with a 45-minute video chat with first-year men ...

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Alabama looks to rework rights deal

The University of Alabama’s timing couldn’t be better. On the heels of winning three of the last four national football titles, the Crimson Tide has decided to renegotiate its multimedia rights contract. Alabama, under the direction of new Athletic Director Bill Battle, is taking adva ...

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In rights arena, Spartans stand alone

Once West Virginia signed its 12-year, $80 million multimedia rights deal with IMG College earlier this month, Michigan State became the final holdout. Every other school in the five major conferences outsources its multimedia rights to a third party like an IMG College or Learfield Sports. The S ...

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WVU travel costs jump $2M

West Virginia University’s travel costs shot up $2 million in 2012-13, the Mountaineers’ first season of competition in the Big 12, school officials said. When West Virginia left the Big East for the Big 12, the school understood that it would need to make significant adjustments to i ...

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Farming company aims for heartland

When farmers are working in the field on Saturday afternoons in the fall, Roy Seinfeld would like to think that they’re listening to a college football game. Case IH, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of tractors and other farming equipment, is betting that they are. “We ...

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SEC taps N.Y. firm for game-day research

The Southeastern Conference for years has put the best product on the football field and played in front of the most fans. Despite that, the conference’s athletic directors see room for improvement. Within the last month, the SEC has hired a market research agency to study fan habits and be ...

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