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IMG Acquires The DiFebo Company Adding Ticket Sales Division to College Offerings
IMG College Business Ventures Division Aggregates
Jan 17, 2011

ATLANTA, Ga (Jan. 17, 2011) – IMG College, a division of IMG Worldwide, announced today it has acquired The DiFebo Company, a leading expert in collegiate ticket sales, adding ticketing expertise to its growing portfolio of services for the nation’s top colleges and universities.

The DiFebo Company, which was founded by former University of Central Florida associate athletic director Matt DiFebo in 2009, has provided consulting services to a number of athletic departments around the country, including schools in the Big Ten, SEC, Big East, and Sun Belt conferences. His innovative in-house ticket sales model was implemented at Temple University and the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, which exceeded over $1 million in new ticket and fundraising revenue in its first full year of operation.

“We believe ticketing solutions and sales is the next major service area for colleges and universities to seek outside partnerships, and we are thrilled to now have the expertise of The DiFebo Company as a part of IMG College,” stated Ben Sutton, President, IMG College.

“I have long admired what IMG was building in the college sports space, and I am excited to now be a part of the IMG College team,” added Matt DiFebo, Founder of The DiFebo Company. “It has been my experience that most college athletic ticketing services are not maximizing their return on revenue or fan relations, and we hope to help institutions change that.”

As a part of the acquisition, DiFebo will join IMG College and lead the new ticketing services operation, which will be a part of IMG College’s new Business Ventures Division. IMG College Business Ventures will be headed by Mark Dyer, who will move into the College division from his previous role as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development for IMG Sports and Entertainment. Janeen Lalik will serve as Vice President of Business Development for the new division. IMG College Business Ventures will aggregate some of IMG’s current business units, including, IMG College Events and Hospitality, IMG College Stadium and Arena Group, IMG College Seating Solutions, and will add IMG College Ticket Solutions, into a strategic offering of revenue and constituent-building services for collegiate institutions.

“IMG College is well known in the areas of multimedia rights, sponsor marketing, and licensing, but now we want to move forward strategically in the other areas we offer to provide a full compliment of services for America’s top collegiate institutions,” said Mark Dyer, Senior Vice President of IMG College.

IMG College Business Ventures’ current client list includes the NCAA® for its Men’s Final Four® fan events, Capital One for a location marketing campaign, and Rutgers for its stadium naming rights through a joint venture with Barclays Sports and Entertainment. Additionally, IMG College Seating Solutions provides stadium seat services for more than 25 of the nation’s top college sports programs.

“College sports has a total fan base of more than 172 million fans, and it is IMG’s goal to connect those fans to their institutions and the companies that support them by providing the best possible services and activation points at the national, regional, and local levels,” said Ben Sutton. “We believe the Business Ventures division and its services, combined with IMG’s core expertise in sponsorship, media, and licensing provide an unrivaled solution for universities, corporations, and fans.”

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, the world’s premier sports, media, and entertainment company. 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, IMGX 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.