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Duke Athletics Partners with IMG College Ticket Solutions

May 02, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (May 2, 2011) – Duke University Department of Athletics today announced a multi-year partnership with IMG College Ticket Solutions, a division of IMG Worldwide, to manage its athletics ticket sales efforts.

Under the terms of the new agreement, IMG College will provide Duke with a professional, full-time sales force who will serve as personal account representatives to assist with selling its athletics tickets. Ticket operations and administration will remain internal.

“We are excited to partner with IMG College Ticket Solutions to help extend the reach and accessibility of Duke Athletics,” said Kevin White, Vice President and Director of Athletics, Duke University. “The IMG College Ticket Solutions team has a demonstrated track record of success, and we look forward to utilizing the global resources of IMG to maximize the ticket revenue, attendance, and brand awareness of Duke Athletics.”

IMG College Ticket Solutions, which is led by Matt DiFebo, offers complete and effective ticket sales and customized revenue solutions ranging from consulting and analysis of existing programs to comprehensive outsourcing solutions for college sports.

“It’s been my experience that a dedicated, professional sales force that can focus on developing contacts and relationships will be a tremendous asset to expanding the market for Duke sports tickets,” said Matt DiFebo, Vice President, IMG College Ticket Solutions. “We look forward to beginning our operations almost immediately and look forward to the opportunity to sell Blue Devil football and other great Duke sports throughout the year.”

IMG College acquired the DiFebo Company in 2010 as part of its newly created Business Ventures Division.

“The response to our acquisition of the DiFebo Company, and the forming of the IMG College Ticket Solutions division has been gratifying across collegiate athletics, and we’re honored that Kevin White, Stan Wilcox, and Mike Sobb have shown the faith and confidence in us to become the first new partner to join our newly formed business,” said Mark Dyer, Senior Vice President, IMG College.

IMG College Ticket Solutions also represents Temple University, which was an existing DiFebo Company client prior to the acquisition.

The partnership with Duke is effective July 1, 2011.

About IMG College
IMG College is the leader in capturing consumer devotion to college sports through partnership opportunities in licensing, marketing, events and hospitality, multimedia rights, stadium and arena development, sales, and consulting across local, regional, and national platforms. IMG College partners with the nation’s top collegiate brands, including 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, a global sports, entertainment and media business. For more information, please visit www.imgworld.com.

About IMG
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG’s areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College is the leader in collegiate marketing, licensing and media rights. IMG’s Joint Ventures, IMG Reliance, IMX and IMG CCTV, in the emerging markets of India, Brazil and China, offer the company significant long-term growth opportunities. IMG Media is the world’s largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming. IMG Events and Federations owns and manages some of the most sought after events and includes long standing associations with the world’s most important sports organizations, leagues, and federations. IMG Fashion owns and operates fashion events around the world and IMG Models represents the world’s top models and leading designers and IMG Art+Commerce represents the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. For the past 50 years IMG Clients has been the global leader in talent representation, including over 1,000 elite athletes, coaches, industry executives and prestigious sports organizations across the sports, entertainment, fashion and media industries. IMG Academies is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational facility delivering sports training experiences to more than 12,000 dedicated athletes from approximately 80 countries every year. IMG Consulting connects many of the world’s leading brands with consumers through access to unique sports and entertainment properties. IMG Licensing is considered one of the premier independent licensing companies in the sports, entertainment and media world. More information is available at www.imgworld.com.