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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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11/12/07
Smith admits overpaying for NHIS Cup dates

Bruton Smith admits that, at $340 million in cash, he might have overpaid for New Hampshire International Speedway and its two Nextel Cup race dates. Bruton Smith (inset) paid $340 million for NHIS and its two lucrative NASCAR dates. ...

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11/05/07
Deal with Bud speeds No. 88 merchandise to market

Merchandise bearing Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s future sponsor, Mountain Dew Amp, and car No. 88 have hit the market within the last month, thanks to a groundbreaking agreement he reached with his departing sponsor, Budweiser. Veterans of the NASCAR licensing industry say they can’t remember a future ...

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10/29/07
IndyCar switches to Peak motor oil

The IndyCar Series will enter next season with a new motor oil partner touting a new motor oil. Peak, best known for its antifreeze, will launch a new line of lubricants this week and has struck an official status deal with the IndyCar Series beginning in 2008 to help market its new pro ...

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10/29/07
Aflac near deal to put duck on No. 99 car for eight races

Aflac is in the final stages of completing a deal with Roush Fenway Racing that would put the insurance company’s familiar duck on Carl Edwards’ No. 99 car for eight races in 2008 as a primary sponsor. Office Depot has been the primary sponsor for Edwards’ car and will continue in th ...

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10/29/07
NAPA signs on for primary spot on NHRA Funny Car

NAPA Auto Parts will expand its associate sponsorship at Don Schumacher Racing into a primary sponsorship beginning in 2008 as part of a multiyear deal with the NHRA team. NAPA will sponsor the Dodge Funny Car driven by Ron Capps. Brut, which had been the car’s primary sponsor, will mov ...

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10/22/07
NHRA is newest habitat for gecko

Geico has struck a multiyear partnership with the NHRA that gives the auto insurance company on-site marketing and display rights at each NHRA event. Geico also will have title rights on the NHRA trackside entertainment team that keeps the fans occupied between rounds and during any ...

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10/22/07
A tough turnaround

Merchandise power Motorsports Authentics, reeling from losses that could reach $40 million to $50 million this year, is cutting costs and desperately trying to figure out what happened to a market that was delivering profits not so long ago. During a season of musical chairs by NASCAR d ...

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10/22/07
MA seen as drag on stock prices at ISC and SMI

In a year when TV revenue fell for International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc., revenue growth from Motorsports Authentics would have been a welcome boost. That hasn’t been the case, though. Dennis McAlpine, a financial analyst with McAlpine Associates, said MA’s losse ...

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10/22/07
MA driving harder deal with drivers who sell less

The changes at Motorsports Authentics might not be all that pleasant for some NASCAR teams, but most licensing directors saw it coming as the trackside merchandise business ebbed. MA is in the process of negotiating its team and driver deals for 2008, and some of those negotiations are ...

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10/15/07
It’s quitting time for UAW at Las Vegas race

One of the longest-running race title sponsorships in NASCAR will come to an end in 2008 when the United Auto Workers sponsor the Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the final time. The UAW informed the Speedway Motorsports Inc. track in recent weeks that it would not renew its spons ...

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