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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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Apple looks to re-enter Big Ten media talks

Morning Buzz / Friday, July 1, 2022
Soon after the news about USC and UCLA joining the Big Ten broke, an Apple exec called the conference with a simple message: It wanted to reengage in media-rights talks. That call was emblematic of a chaotic day where media companies that had spent months finalizing how much they...

Forty Under 40: Kelvin Smith

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
When he graduated from Stanford, Kelvin Smith had many friends who naturally landed in tech jobs in Silicon Valley. But there was something inside of Smith that told him not to follow the herd. It wasn’t unlike the decision he’d made four years earlier when, as a...

Forty Under 40: Maggy Carlyle

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
In Maggy Carlyle’s seven years at the Pac-12, she has confronted a pandemic; name, image and likeness challenges; and governance, personnel and other crises surrounding the future of college athletics. But nothing prepared her for life after college like spending 18 months teaching in Shelby,...

Forty Under 40: Graham Neff

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
Clemson Athletic Director Graham Neff was making $63,000 a year as a fast-rising young executive at Deloitte when he reached a crossroads in his brief career. Should he leave this promising position at the professional services giant or follow his heart back to school for a $7-an-hour...

Forty Under 40: Tiffini Grimes

Weekly / Monday, June 27, 2022
Tiffini Grimes describes herself as a creature of habit, “a very structured person.” She already had a strong idea of what she wanted to do by the time she arrived at Purdue as a freshman. At that early stage, Grimes was drawn to the behind-the-scenes aspect of...

Oklahoma renews with Learfield for 10 years

Morning Buzz / Friday, June 24, 2022
The Univ. of Oklahoma has agreed to a new 10-year multimedia rights deal with Learfield that will expand on the longstanding relationship between the Sooners and the company. Financial terms of the deal were not available, but the new agreement begins July 1. In describing the deal, Oklahoma AD...

FBS breakaway not on formal agenda for ADs at Las Vegas meeting

Daily / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
The concept of an FBS breakaway from the NCAA won’t be a session when ADs gather next week in Las Vegas, but it is guaranteed to dominate the conversations in the hallways. ADs in recent weeks have described “considerable momentum” behind the concept of moving FBS football out from...