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  • IMG adds regional ticketing managers

    IMG College is building a regional management structure to oversee its growing ticketing business.

    With 24 school clients now using IMG Learfield Ticketing, the joint venture between IMG and Learfield Sports, the companies think now is the time to build a regional management team that provides support to the general managers at each school.

    Utah State is the most recent school to sign with IMG Learfield Ticketing, while Colorado came on board earlier this year. Both schools have multimedia rights agreements with Learfield Sports.

    Mark Dyer, IMG College’s chief innovation officer and senior vice president who oversees the ticketing business, said regional managers will be established for the West, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Northeast regions. IMG College has a similar regional approach to managing its multimedia rights properties.

    Three of the regional managers for ticketing already have been hired, all from within.

    n Chris Bain, who formerly ran the Temple property, will head up the Mid-Atlantic region and be based in Winston-Salem, N.C., where IMG College is headquartered.

    n A.J. Arem, who previously ran the Tennessee property, will stay in Knoxville and look over the Southeast region.

    n Matt Smith, the UNLV manager, will remain in Las Vegas and be in charge of the West.

    The regional managers will report to Brad Sexton, the national sales director for ticketing.


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  • For hoops teams, swag season is here

    Editor's note: This story is updated from the print edition.

    Participants in this year’s Division I men’s and women’s Final Fours will receive NCAA gift packages worth approximately $750, including a Jostens ring in a commemorative wooden display box and a piece of the court from the championship weekend, according to the NCAA.

    A maximum of 25 members of each men’s team will receive, among other items, an Apple TV and a Final Four bench chair. Members of the Women’s Final Four teams will receive a tumbler with an ESPN logo (reflecting the network partner for the tournament), a bench towel and a Women’s Final Four game ball inside a display cube.

    Watches will be given to all 3,300 participants in the two tournaments this month, but only the 200 Final Four participants will receive a watch with the Final Four logo.

    The total estimated value of the NCAA’s tournament gifts this year is $320,000.

    The gift-giving is part of the annual end-of-season college basketball tournament experience, just as football players receive gifts as part of their bowl-game experiences each fall. Gifts are presented for both conference tournament and NCAA tournament play.

    For participating in this month’s conference tournaments, up to 25 gift packages can be provided to a team by its school and by its conference, according to NCAA bylaws. An unlimited number of additional packages can be bought and given to guests, such as sponsors and media partners. Those tournament-related gifts are on top of regular-season participation packages that are available to the players. Additional packages for championship wins are also allowed.

    The gifts can add up. For example, a senior — seniors are allowed to receive more than underclassmen — on a team that runs the table and wins championships for the regular season, postseason conference tournament and NCAA tournament could secure a total gift haul valued at up to $3,780.

    The monetary limits set up by the NCAA are similar across most men’s and women’s sports and sanctioned events, and the levels are the same as they were during the 2011-12 school year. There are variances based on whether the sport is individual- or team-based, among other factors.

    Among conferences, the Big 12 this year is joining at least five other conferences that are offering gift suites as a reward to players and coaches who are participating in their championship tournaments. This type of offering is one where players and coaches can go online to a targeted website and select from a catalog of items instead of each participant receiving a preselected gift from the conference.

    Last year, the Big 12 handed out 600 Dynex 32-inch flat-screen televisions to participants as its gifts. In 2011, it gave an iPod touch to each participant.

    Bob Burda, associate commissioner of communications at the Big 12, said the reason for the switch to a gift suite was to give the participants a variety in the gifts they could receive.

    CONFERENCE AND NCAA TOURNAMENT GIFTS

    Following are gifts and number of gift packages provided by Division I basketball conferences and the NCAA to players competing in their men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this month.

    ACC (600): *Under Armour Fleece pullover, plus the choice of one of the following from an online gift suite: Samsung Galaxy tablet; Beats By Dr. Dre noise-canceling headphones; Toshiba 24-inch LED TV; Sony Blu-ray player with 6-foot HDMI cable; Bose SoundLink wireless portable speaker

    America East (350): Crons long-sleeve dry-fit shirt

    Atlantic 10 (528): Online gift suite, from which players are able to select one of the following: Bose speaker system; women’s Fossil watch; men’s Fossil watch; Michael Kors wallet; Ray-Ban sunglasses; Sennheiser headphones; Swiss Army backpack

    Atlantic Sun (400): Crons backpack

    Big East (725): Samsung Chromebook

    Big Sky (350): Choice of a hooded sweatshirt, long-sleeve T-shirt, short-sleeve T-shirt or a blanket with the championship logo

    Big South (575): **Conference-branded backpacks, Ogio duffel bags with championship logo, Augusta Synergy pullover

    Big Ten (360): Blanket, ear buds and a tumbler

    Big 12 (600):
    Online gift suite, from which players are able to select one of the following: Beats Solo headphones with music cards; Dyson fan; Bose SoundDock Series II; Canon PowerShot camera; Jawbone Big Jambox; Michael Kors ladies watch and wristlet; Michael Kors ladies tote; luggage; Maui Jim men’s sunglasses; Maui Jim women’s sunglasses; Samsung
    Galaxy tablet; Diesel men’s watch

    Big West (NA): Tournament shirts; winners also will receive individual medallions

    Colonial Athletic (320): Online gift suite, from which players are able to select one of the following: Fossil women’s Stella tortoise shell watch; Fossil men’s black Silicone watch; Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses; Samsung Smart Wi-Fi Blu-ray player; Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones; Swiss Army Scan Smart Trek Compu-backpack

    Conference USA (600): Online gift suite

    Great West (NA): Information not available at press time

    Horizon League (NA): Performance zip pullover, long-sleeve T-shirt and a cinch bag with conference logo and sport on each

    MEAC (NA): Did not disclose

    Metro Atlantic (500):
    Crons backpack with conference logo and championship T-shirt

    Missouri Valley (500): Nike hooded sweatshirt

    Mountain West (396): Online gift suite, from which players are able to select one of the following: Bose in-ear headphones; Bose Companion 2 multimedia speaker system; IDAPT i3p power station and solar power speakers; Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones; Swiss Army Scan Smart Trek Compu-backpack

    Northeast (352): Conference-branded blanket

    Ohio Valley (352): Adidas dry-fit conference branded workout shirt

    Pac-12 (360): Apple iPad with a Pac-12 embossed iPad cover

    Patriot (NA): Participants can choose either a fleece jacket or backpack, and the winners can select one of the following: watch, blanket, pen set or mini championship trophy

    SEC (420): Online gift suite, from which players are able to select one of the following: Apple 16GB iPod touch with music card; Beats by Dr. Dre HD Solo headphones with music card; Bose Companion 20 multimedia speaker system; Bose SoundDock Series II digital music system; Canon PowerShot Elph 320 HS 16.1MP digital camera with built camera case; Diesel men’s stainless steel dual time Zone Chronograph watch; Dyson 12-inch fan; Jawbone Big Jambox wireless speakers; Michael Kors ladies horn watch with MK wristlet; Michael Kors ladies leather tote bag; Ray-Ban polarized aviator large metal sunglasses with music card; Ray-Ban polarized new wayfarer sunglasses with music card; Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch, 8GB android tablet; Sony Blu-ray disc player with Wi-Fi and 6-foot HDMI cable; 22-inch Travelpro wheeled expandable carry-on luggage piece

    Southern (345): Champion hooded sweatshirt

    Southland (352): Conference-branded duffle bag

    Summit League (352): Hooded sweatshirt

    Sun Belt (NA): Backpack

    SWAC (255): Russell backpack; winners also will receive a Monaco watch by Pedre

    WAC (500): Backpack and water bottle; winners also will receive Skullcandy over-the-ear headphones

    West Coast (971): Conference-branded zip-up hoodie and co-branded Nalgene water bottle

    NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship (1,700): Fossil watch (all participants), and participants from the men’s Final Four teams also will receive a Jostens ring in a commemorative Final Four wooden display box; Wilson bag and mini ball; Apple TV; Final Four floor piece; Final Four Lucite game ticket; and Final Four bench chair

    NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship (1,600): Fossil watch (all participants), and participants from the women’s Final Four teams also will receive a Jostens ring in a commemorative Final Four wooden display box; Wilson bag and mini ball; Final Four floor piece; Final Four Lucite game ticket; Final Four water bottle; Final Four tumbler from ESPN; Final Four JournalBook; Final Four bench towel; and Final Four game ball inside a display cube

    NA: Not available at press time
    * Gifts for both the men’s and women’s tournament are paid for by the Tournament Host Committee of Greensboro (N.C.) rather than the conference.
    ** The conference is providing the backpacks and the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Chamber of Commerce is providing the duffel bags and pullover.
    Notes: The Mid-American Conference does not provide participant gift packages. The Ivy League does not have a season-ending conference tournament. Additional packages can be bought and given to guests, such as sponsors and media partners.


    Sources: NCAA, conferences



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