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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: Raycom names Jimmy Rayburn COO

A shuffling of personnel at Raycom Sports has moved producer Jimmy Rayburn into the role of chief operating officer, the media company said. Rayburn, an executive producer at Raycom since 1986, will oversee the daily operations, strategy and budget as COO. President and CEO Ken Haines will remain ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Schools get ticket education

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SportsBusiness Daily: Cox Media Group Invests In iHigh

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SportsBusiness Daily: Crowne Plaza Invitational To Feature "Plum" Promotion

When Crowne Plaza launched a new brand identity campaign late last year, the upscale hotel chose to emphasize one of its primary colors -- plum -- in its marketing and advertising. This week’s PGA Tour Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will be the hotel’s first chance to put that plu ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: IMG College Adds OU, Two NASCAR Tracks

The stadium seating division of IMG College has added new clients -- the Univ. of Oklahoma and two NASCAR speedways -- that grow and expand the division's business. IMG College now has stadium seating deals with 120 schools that call for the company to sell rented seat backs to ticket holders. At OU ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: IMG Learfield signs S. Florida, App St.

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SportsBusiness Journal: Path to PGA Tour changing

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SportsBusiness Journal: Channel again in SEC talks

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SportsBusiness Journal: Illinois signs with Learfield

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SportsBusiness Daily: Byron Nelson Tourney Unveils Social Media Initiatives

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