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West Virginia University and IMG College Form Multimedia and Sponsorship Partnership

Jul 11, 2013

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (July 11, 2013) – West Virginia University and IMG College, the nation’s leading collegiate marketing agency, have formed a broad multimedia rights and sponsorship partnership designed to bring additional corporate support and fans to the university’s athletics program, it was announced today.

The 12-year agreement includes IMG College’s exclusive representation and management of game broadcasts and coaches’ shows for radio and television, publications, digital assets, corporate partnerships, stadium and venue signage, game promotions, and game day hospitality. 

This new relationship continues the expansion of IMG College’s groundbreaking national collegiate marketing platform. IMG now represents the media and sponsorship rights for more than 90 universities nationwide, including schools in the Big 12, where WVU is emerging as a powerhouse, such as Baylor, Kansas, TCU, and Texas.

“It was time for WVU Athletics to grow our multimedia and sponsorship sales, especially with our recent move to the Big 12 Conference,” said Director of Athletics Oliver Luck. “With the resources, services and proven track record that IMG College brings, WVU now has the opportunity to expand its revenue base by engaging new national sponsors while building our athletic and university brand. I’m extremely pleased with this move.”

“West Virginia athletics under the direction of Oliver Luck has done a great job building its corporate partner program, and we’re thrilled to add our resources to expand on these efforts,” said Ben Sutton Jr., President of IMG College.  “West Virginia is one of last major schools to handle multimedia and sponsorship sales in house. The university’s decision to entrust IMG to grow its sponsor and revenue base while building the school brand continues to validate IMG’s collegiate services and burgeoning national marketing platform.”

WVU’s partnership with IMG will begin in the 2013-14 school year. IMG is currently identifying a dedicated team to be based in Morgantown. Game broadcasts managed by the Mountaineer Sports Network in partnership with West Virginia Radio Corp will move to IMG Audio, the largest independent sports radio network in the U.S., for the 2013-14 season.

IMG College will partner with West Virginia Media Holdings to develop television inventory, including coaches shows and other ancillary TV programming to be determined.

Through its licensing affiliate, The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), IMG College represents WVU’s trademark licensing program. Following a record year of licensing revenue for WVU, the school recently announced a 10-year extension for CLC to continue managing its trademark licensing program through June 30, 2022

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 connects brands with the largest and most demographically attractive fan base in sports through partnership opportunities in multimedia rights, sponsorship sales, licensing, marketing, ticketing, seating, fundraising, premium events and hospitality, stadium and arena development, and consulting. IMG College produces nearly 31,000 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.imgcollege.com.