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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NCAA close to finding its next president

Morning Buzz / Wednesday, December 7, 2022
The NCAA has narrowed the search for its next president, and industry insiders say they expect an offer to be made by Christmas. Outgoing President Mark Emmert is available to stay in the job until June 2023, but NCAA officials believe a hire could be made before...

WWE taps into college talent for recruits with NIL program Next In Line

Weekly / Monday, December 5, 2022
Former Northwestern football player Joe Spivak couldn’t imagine himself going to work on Wall Street upon graduation, like many of his classmates did. Even after a five-year football career with the Wildcats, he wasn’t ready to terminate his athletic career in exchange for a real job. Finding a...

Mark Emmert’s challenging 12-year NCAA timeline

Weekly / Monday, November 28, 2022
November 2010: Emmert becomes NCAA president. January 2012: Emmert’s proposed $2,000 stipend for college athletes gets tabled and eventually overridden at the NCAA Convention. July 2012:  ...

Mark Emmert: NCAA Lightning Rod

Weekly / Monday, November 28, 2022
The sun rises over the Sonoma mountains to brighten another idyllic November morning in the Northern California wine country. Mark Emmert, the NCAA president who is almost always dressed in a suit whenever he’s in public view and once was described as a stylish dresser in his...

Mark Emmert on …

Weekly / Monday, November 28, 2022
Retirement “I don’t have anything planned because I’ve been focused on this job. I’ve been approached about a couple of possibilities. I’m going to do something.  I don’t want to fully retire. I want to do some writing. Beyond that, I want to do...

Big 12 creates business advisory board

Morning Buzz / Monday, November 14, 2022
Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark has tapped into his deep set of contacts to create an advisory board that will assist the conference in shaping and developing its business strategy. Members of the advisory board come from backgrounds in entertainment, finance and consumer brands, as well as...