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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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GM, Mercedes buy into Pac-12 shows

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. The Pac-12 Networks have sold presenting sponsorships of their pregame and postgame shows during the men’s basketball tournament to a pair of automotive companies. General Motors has bought a spot for Buick to sponsor the p ...

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For Nelligan, Learfield delivers

In a college sports marketing industry dominated by two power players — Learfield Sports and IMG College — T.J. Nelligan discovered his niche. He figured out a way that the New Jersey-based agency he founded in 1999 could make money by marketing the smaller schools. While Learfield an ...

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ND renovation goes beyond athletics

Tradition-rich Notre Dame is taking its most progressive step into the future, tied to an extensive $400 million renovation of its football stadium. The Campus Crossroads Project, the official name of the stadium expansion, stands out for meeting the needs of students and academics as much as Not ...

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CFP inks hospitality deals

The College Football Playoff has struck partnerships with four companies to handle hospitality sales and marketing for the inaugural championship game next season. Michael Kelly, the CFP’s chief operating officer, said the hospitality arm will be branded Playoff Premium, which will designat ...

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FSU's Wilcox weathers 'surreal' year

By the time Florida State’s chartered flight touched down in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, Stan Wilcox had completed perhaps the most rigorous five months a new athletic director could ever expect. At that point, Wilcox, who was named the Seminoles’ AD on Aug. 7, was just hours r ...

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Dinner leads Jenkins into college space

When NASCAR’s Marc Jenkins walked through the doors at Manhattan’s A Voce restaurant, he had no idea that the dinner meeting that November night would lead to a new chapter in his career. Jenkins’ night out with Learfield Sports CEO Greg Brown was nothing more than a get-to-know ...

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New York Life signs with Big East

Two months after the Big East cut a deal to have Fox Sports sell corporate sponsorships for the conference, it has landed New York Life as a presenting sponsor through the 2014-15 academic year. Financials were not made public, but industry observers peg the total value of the deal between $10 mi ...

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Winds of change on campus

The leaders of collegiate athletics aren’t ready to get rid of the NCAA, but they say they are ready to create seismic changes in the way the organization operates. Those changes include a new model within Division I that would give the five power conferences a new level of autonomy and a w ...

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Want a new gift choice? Take a seat

This may be the one time college football players will be happy to take a seat. This year, alongside the high-end electronics, jewelry and mountain bikes in the gift suites that have become a staple at college football postseason festivities, there will be a home-theater recliner that users can p ...

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Fox will sell for L.A. Coliseum

The University of Southern California and Fox Sports Media Group have agreed to a three-year deal allowing Fox to sell sponsorships at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Los Angeles Sports Arena. The deal includes both the coli ...

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