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Staff writer Terry Lefton covers marketing, including sponsorships, licensing and merchandising.

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Group building commercial platform for hockey’s Hobey Baker Award

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 12 / 05 / 16

Hockey’s Hobey Baker Award is trying to develop some marketing muscles. The award has been presented annually since 1981 honoring the NCAA’s top hockey player. Like the Heisman Trophy, it’s owned by a foundation. Unlike the Heisman, it has rarely, if ever, been exploited commerc...

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