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SportsBusiness Journal Staff Writer Tripp Mickle

Tripp Mickle

Staff writer Tripp Mickle covers motorsports, action sports and the Olympics.

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GMR moves on after departures

04 / 21 / 14

When Omnicom agencies GMR Marketing and SportsMark announced plans to merge 16 months ago, SportsMark founder Jan Katzoff said the combined company planned to do everything it could to retain senior executives from both agencies. But a year later, only two of the five senior sports executives rem...

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10/01/07
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10/01/07
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10/01/07
What to watch this season

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10/01/07
WCSN gets equity backer; deal with ESPN

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09/24/07
Experts: Gaming series demise just the start

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09/24/07
Clubs make rivalry official

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09/24/07
AHL team’s use of li’l influencers draws NBA’s eye

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Sponsor party at Panthers player’s home pays off

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