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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John Swofford: An Officer. And a Gentleman.

Weekly / Monday, August 8, 2022
John Swofford and John Skipper laugh about it now. Whenever they met for lunch inside Grandover Resort’s DiValletta restaurant — they sat in the same booth with a picturesque view of the golf course — they knew the conversation would eventually turn to the prospects for an...

John Swofford: What they said ...

Weekly / Monday, August 8, 2022
“John loved the ACC and spent over 40 years in administrative leadership roles as an AD and as its commissioner after having also been a student athlete in the league. To say that is unusual in the world of college athletics would be an understatement.”  —...

Oklahoma-branded page goes live on ESPN+, with SoonerVision content

Daily / Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Oklahoma’s branded page on ESPN+ debuted this week with a one-stop shop for all kinds of SoonerVision programming and archived games. Live events will start there later this month. The arrangement calls for one OU football game to be broadcast on the platform as well. This season, that game...

Fanatics, Alabama partner in wide-ranging deal

Morning Buzz / Monday, July 25, 2022
Fanatics and Univ. of Alabama athletics have agreed to an ecommerce and apparel partnership that they’re calling the most comprehensive college deal in the country. The long-term arrangement also encompasses trading cards, collectibles and, for the first time, a team store inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The team store will also...