TCU today announced that it has reached an agreement with IMG College for a 12-year extension to its current seven-year multimedia rights partnership. The agreement runs through the '23-24 academic year and includes IMG College's representation and management of game broadcasts and coaches' shows for radio and TV, publications, Internet sales, corporate partnerships, stadium and venue signage, game promotions and hospitality (IMG College).
DEAD AIR: In St. Louis, Dan Caesar notes KFNS-AM "dumped" its afternoon drive-time show "hosted by outspoken sports-talk radio host Kevin Slaten." KFNS GM Katy Pavelonis said that the decision was made "following racially oriented comments he made on the air last week." Pavelonis said that Slaten was "not a direct employee of KFNS parent company Grand Slam Sports, as his arrangement had him selling his own advertising as an independent contractor." The "gist of the remarks that got Slaten in hot water with station management were that African-Americans voted for President Barack Obama because he is black" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/13).
BRING EM OUT: The AP's Paul Newberry noted rapper T.I., an Atlanta native, on Friday joined the Hawks' broadcast team "for the first half" of their game against the Heat. T.I. said of announcers Bob Rathbun and Duane Ferrell, "They did all the heavy lifting. I just chimed in here and there. I have a close relationship, both personally and professionally, with a lot of guys out there" (AP, 11/10).