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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Lublin brings his passion, curiosity to IMG College role

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 11 / 23 / 15

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. WME-IMG’s Jason Lublin knows what it’s like to routinely clash against other firms for clients, considering his background in the hypercompetitive Hollywood agency world. But his new position as president of IMG Co...

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