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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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ESPN Launching Digital ACC Offering Next Month, Linear Network In '19

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 19 / 16

ESPN will launch an ACC digital network next month called ACC Network Plus and a 24-hour linear channel in August '19 dubbed ACC Network, according to sources. Modeled on the SEC’s digital offering that ESPN launched two years ago, ACC Network Plus will be fully owned by ESPN an...

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SportsBusiness Journal: PGA Tour tees up pick 'em game

The PGA Tour is taking its yearlong “New Breed vs. Establishment” campaign to Facebook as part of a new game that will give users a chance to compete for prizes while, the tour hopes, developing a stronger allegiance to favorite players. ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: RBS re-signs with USGA

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SportsBusiness Daily: Study: Youth Spending More On Golf

American Express released a report Friday that showed the 18-29 demo increased its spending on golf by 27% from '07-11. All other age groups decreased their spending during this period. The data is in the new U.S. Business & Consumer Golf Spending report from AmEx. The biggest hit came from seni ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: RBC To Title Sponsor PGA Tour's Heritage

RBC has struck a five-year deal with the PGA Tour to be the title sponsor of The Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C. The tournament was played without a title sponsor this year after Verizon chose not to renew its entitlement. An announcement on RBC's new deal is expected this afternoon. RBC and the Tour ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Capital One To Sponsor CWS Fan Fest

Capital One, an NCAA corporate champion, has agreed to a three-year deal to be presenting sponsor of the College World Series fan festival. The CWS opens Saturday in Omaha at the new TD Ameritrade Park. This marks the first CWS in the new ballpark and the first time one of the NCAA's corporate champ ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Polo dresses up U.S. Open sales

The stately gazebo with custom latticework is the first sign that this isn’t the standard U.S. Open merchandise pavilion. MARTIN MILLER Polo is making its presence at Congressional known with a 36,000-square ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Licensing biz grows with CLC

Linda Gilbert, the longtime licensing chief at the University of Missouri, was stopped in her tracks on a football Saturday about 10 years ago when she saw lewd T-shirts being sold on a fraternity lot. Gilbert approached the students and told th ...

Tags: Colleges

SportsBusiness Journal: Power of Texas athletics

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. DeLoss Dodds sat around a table with friends and business partners a few weeks ago, dining on steak and sipping wine at Plaza III in Kansas City. The occasion was the Big 12 spring meetings, where the conference discussed, among o ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: ADs sound off

SportsBusiness Journal college writer Michael Smith asked five athletic directors about the pressures on their budgets, the never-ending search for additional revenue, and how they’re trying to maintain their schools’ competitiveness ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: UM Raises $200,000 For Tornado Relief

The Univ. of Missouri has sold 18,500 T-shirts to raise more than $200,000 for the school's Joplin Relief Fund. The fund goes to victims of the tornadoes that leveled Joplin, Mo., last month. The school's athletic department worked with the bookstore to create specially designed "One ...

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