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IMG Names Gary Saunders General Manager of South Alabama

Jun 24, 2009

MOBILE, Ala. -- IMG College, a division of IMG Worldwide, the world's premier sports, entertainment, and media company, today announced Gary Saunders as the new general manager of the company's sports marketing property at the University of South Alabama. Saunders and his IMG College team will manage South Alabama's multi-media rights, which include television, radio broadcasts, corporate sponsorships, signage, on-site marketing opportunities, publishing, website sales and management, and endorsements.

"We are pleased Gary will be leading the IMG College team as we work together to enhance our marketing initiatives," said Joe Gottfried, South Alabama's Director of Athletics. "We look forward to the opportunities IMG College will provide to help further develop our multi-media rights program."

"Securing an experienced manager like Gary with an extensive background in the sports industry is an enormous asset for the University South Alabama and for us," said Tom Stultz, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, IMG College. "We feel Gary's experience will lead to tremendous growth for South Alabama moving forward."

Prior to joining IMG College, Saunders spent nearly 20 years in sports marketing and management where he held positions with affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, and Colorado Rockies. Most recently, Saunders served as the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Cincinnati Reds MLB Spring Training Complex in Sarasota, Fla.

About IMG College
IMG College is the leader in developing integrated licensing, marketing, and multi-media opportunities for the nation's top collegiate brands across local, regional, and national platforms. IMG College partners include the NCAA and its 88 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences, and some of the most prestigious universities in the country. IMG College is a division of IMG Worldwide, the world's premiere sports, media, and entertainment company. For more information, please visit www.imgworld.com.

About the University of South Alabama Department of Athletics
The University of South Alabama was founded in 1963 and currently has 14,279 students enrolled. The USA Department of Athletics supports 17 programs and 300-plus student-athletes with the addition of football in December 2007 and competes in the Sun Belt Conference. USA Athletics has claimed the Vic Bubas Cup -- presented to the program that demonstrates excellence in the league's now 19 sports -- 10 times in a 13-year span, more than any other member institution.