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UC Davis Partners With IMG College to Expand its Athletic Ticket Sales

Nov 02, 2011

Winston Salem, NC (November 2, 2011) – IMG College Ticket Solutions and UC Davis today announced a partnership to significantly expand UC Davis Athletics’ ticket sales department. After entering the ticket solutions business this year, IMG College now has 12 university partners including San Jose State and UNLV in the West.

Under the multi-year agreement, IMG College will assist in maximizing ticket sales for football and men’s basketball. UC Davis will be serviced from a new dedicated Sales Center in the Winston-Salem headquarters of IMG College under the supervision of Chris Bain.

"We're excited about teaming with a company as renowned and respected as IMG," said Nona Richardson, interim director of athletics. "This partnership provides us extensive resources we're confident will help our Aggie tickets reach more fans and hopefully bring us new fans."

“This is an exciting and transformational time for UC Davis Athletics,” said Matt DiFebo, Vice President of IMG College, who sold his pioneering ticket sales company DiFebo Company to IMG to become part of its newly created Business Ventures Division. “We value our new partnership and look forward to engaging with the Aggie fans to help create a great fan experience and atmosphere at Aggie home games.”

In addition to ticket sales, IMG College has been a long-standing partner of UC Davis, managing the University’s multimedia and trademark licensing rights.

This marks the 12th partnership for IMG College Ticket Solutions, which launched in January, managing universities’ athletic ticket sales efforts by recruiting and developing professional in-house or off-site sales and marketing staffs who operate as official representatives of the athletics department.

While more Americans purchase tickets to college athletics events than any other sport – each year more than 100 million fans attend events – the overall ticket marketplace is increasingly competitive, and like other businesses, affected by the economic downturn. IMG College Ticket Solutions, which is led by Matt DiFebo, Vice President of IMG College, offers schools complete ticket sales and customized revenue solutions ranging from consulting to comprehensive outsourcing.

About IMG College
IMG College is the nation’s leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company representing more than 200 of the nation’s top collegiate properties including the NCAA and its 89 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences, and many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C., IMG College is the leader in capturing consumer devotion to college sports through partnership opportunities in multimedia rights, licensing, events and hospitality, marketing, stadium and arena development, stadium seating solutions, ticketing, sales, and consulting. IMG College produces nearly 30,000 hours of radio programming on the largest sports network in the country, manages nearly 5,000 hours of local television programming, is the leading publisher of college sports publications, and is the largest manager of university athletic websites. IMG College is a division of IMG Worldwide, a global sports, fashion and media business. For more information, please visit www.imgworld.com.

About UC Davis
The University of California, Davis is a research university, currently with more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The University of California, Davis sponsors 23 sports for men and women and is an NCAA Division I member of the Big West Conference. For more information about UC Davis Athletics please go to http://ucdavisaggies.cstv.com/.