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SBD/July 12, 2013/Media
IMG College Again Awarded WVU's Media Rights In 12-Year Deal Worth Over $80M
Published July 12, 2013
ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL? In West Virginia, Jared Hunt in a front-page piece notes the deal "follows a bitter seven-month public feud between school officials and West Virginia Radio Corp. owner John Raese over an initial selection process tainted by what state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called 'significant errors and sloppiness.'" WVU was one of "only a few schools that had continued to manage Tier 3 broadcasting and marketing in-house, mainly through its Mountaineer Sports Network" (Charleston DAILY MAIL, 7/12).
THE VOICE: In West Virginia, Eric Eyre in a front-page piece cites an IMG spokesperson as saying that the company "hasn't made any decisions about whether to hire Mountaineer Sports Network's stable of broadcasters, including popular play-by-play announcer Tony Caridi." IMG also "would not comment on what radio stations in West Virginia will carry WVU football and basketball games this fall." West Virginia Radio "owns and operates more than 30 radio stations across the state, but the Morgantown-based company's ongoing lawsuit against WVU and West Virginia Media could prompt IMG to sign broadcast agreements with other stations" (CHARLESTON GAZETTE, 7/12).