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Michael Smith

Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Fermata gives evidence of licensing challenge to CLC

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 07 / 28 / 14

With more than 200 licensing clients and a 96 percent renewal rate, Collegiate Licensing Co. has seldom felt much of a challenge from competitors. That appears to be changing. Atlanta-based Fermata Partners, a company founded by four former CLC executives, won two big pieces of licensing business...

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09/07/09
SportsBusiness Journal: Zappos.com sponsoring WCC hoops tournaments

The West Coast Conference has secured its first title sponsor — Zappos.com — for its men’s and women’s postseason basketball tournaments. WCC’s rights partner, IMG College, sold the deal to Zappos, an exclusively online retailer of clothing, shoes, bags and accessories based in Las Vega ...

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08/31/09
SportsBusiness Journal: Renamed LVRG adds Phunware, ASG to client list

ASG Security, a residential and commercial security company in seven states, and Phunware, a producer of mobile applications, are the newest clients at Charlotte-based sports marketing and media agency LVRG. The new business comes at a time when the five-year-old agency is rebranding ...

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08/31/09
SportsBusiness Journal: Schools find a little more kick in Chick-fil-A Kickoff checks

The Chick-fil-A Kickoff will pay Alabama and Virginia Tech at least $2.3 million each, an increase of more than $200,000 for each school over last season’s inaugural game between Alabama and Clemson. The Crimson Tide and Hokies, both ranked in the preseason top seven, sold their allo ...

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08/24/09
SportsBusiness Journal: Smaller schools cash in on game guarantees

For once, the smaller schools in NCAA Division I have the upper hand on the bigger schools. That advantage might not extend onto the football field in most instances, but the smaller schools are wielding most of the leverage when it comes to negotiations that determine how much they’ ...

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08/24/09
SportsBusiness Journal: Have multimedia rights deals maxed out?

In his 25 years with Learfield, Greg Brown has worked in nearly every capacity for the company. He’s been a key figure in moving Learfield from the six partner schools it had in 2001 to the nearly 50 it works with today, and he led the talks to acquire Team Services, the Learfield arm ...

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08/24/09
SportsBusiness Journal: Must-win situation

When the University of Washington decided to change football coaches last fall, smack in the face of the economic recession, Athletic Director Scott Woodward refused to flinch at a contract that would pay his new unproven coach nearly $2 million a year. Rather than wringing his hands ove ...

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08/24/09
SportsBusiness Journal: 5 things to watch in college football

Big Ten vs. SEC: Media competition The country’s top two collegiate conferences have a robust rivalry on the field. But during the past two o ...

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08/24/09
SportsBusiness Journal: YouTube’s Hurley helps jump-start U.S. F1 team

Chad Hurley’s date on Valentine’s Day was a balding 53-year-old engineer with a dream to go racing in Formula One. They proved to be a perfect match. Hurley, the co-founder and CEO of YouTube, shook hands with Ken Anderson that February night at Left Bank, a French restaurant i ...

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08/17/09
SportsBusiness Journal: NeuLion clients relaunching sites

Chris Wagner, executive vice president of NeuLion, asks his university clients a simple question: Do you want your official Web site to be a scoreboard or do you want it to make money? With an eye on enhanced video capabilities — and the enhanced revenue stream that the schools hope wil ...

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08/17/09
SportsBusiness Journal: Sports camps move beyond teaching the fundamentals

Given all of the year-round instruction that’s offered for youth baseball players, is there even a place for the summer camp anymore? Cal Ripken believes there is. “I hope so,” said Major League Baseball’s ironman. “We’re in the camp business.” Weekly baseball camps through the ...

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