Michael Smith

Michael Smith

The leading reporter covering the dynamic business of college sports, Michael Smith joined Sports Business Journal in 2006 after having spent 18 years with daily newspapers, most recently covering the University of Kentucky basketball program for the Louisville Courier-Journal. His résumé also includes stints covering the University of South Carolina and the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. BEATS: college sports, high school sports

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Oliver Luck goes deep on NIL collectives popping up

Daily / Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Like a lot of college administrators, Oliver Luck wonders how much longer the NCAA will permit donor collectives to facilitate NIL deals unchecked for the athletes -- and Luck is in the business of starting collectives. The former West Virginia AD is a co-founder in the Country Roads Trust,...

Nebraska could change course, outsource multimedia rights

Daily / Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Nebraska AD Trev Alberts is re-evaluating the Cornhuskers’ decision to bring their multimedia rights in-house and has heard proposals from agencies about outsourcing those rights again. Prior to Alberts’ arrival in '21, Nebraska made a big splash last March by bringing its multimedia rights in-house after a lengthy...

Pitt keeps it simple in achieving newfound football success

Daily / Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Pitt was one of the best stories in college football this season. The Panthers, picked to finish fourth in the ACC’s Coastal Division, claimed their first conference championship on their way to 11 wins. Pitt AD Heather Lyke and Deputy AD Christian Spears credited a surprising inspiration for how...

East Carolina joins Playfly after Learfield exit

Closing Bell / Tuesday, January 4, 2022
East Carolina is the latest school to join the growing list of college properties at Playfly Sports. The Pirates have struck a new 12-year multimedia rights agreement with Playfly that will provide them with substantial increases in annual revenue, a signing bonus and resources for capital projects. Leona Marketing...