SAN MARCOS, TX, July 30, 2013 - Grande Communications, IMG College and the University of Texas Athletics program, have announced today a multi-year sponsorship agreement designating Grande as the Exclusive Cable Provider of Texas Athletics.
"We are thrilled to expand our support for the University of Texas and are proud to become the Exclusive Cable Provider for Texas Athletics," said Matt Murphy, President of Grande Communications. "Grande has long been committed as a partner for the University of Texas by providing cable service to campus dormitories and as the first provider in Austin and our other Texas markets of Longhorn Network. As the only local Texas based provider to our markets, we are excited to deepen our relationship with the University, its students and loyal alumni."
The agreement was brokered and will be managed by IMG College, UT Athletics' multimedia rights holder. It grants Grande sponsorship and promotional rights spanning print, digital and radio through the 2013-2016 athletic seasons. The agreement also includes a sponsorship of UT's Neighborhood Longhorns Program (NLP), an official outreach program of the University. The NLP operates as an incentive-based learning program that helps more than 5,500 fifth through eighth grade students in Austin Independent School District Title 1 schools build a strong academic future through mentoring, after-school reading programs and academics-incentivized awards programs. Additionally, all Texas Athletics' facilities will have Grande's cable services.
"We are grateful to Grande Communications for this sponsorship and service component," said Texas Men's Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds. "Grande is a company founded here in Austin and one that has served our campus for many years."
"Grande's decision early on for carriage of Longhorn Network was a tremendous boost for Texas Athletics and our entire University community," said Texas Women's Athletic Director Chris Plonsky. "We appreciate being able to see LHN and all other channels within our facilities."
Grande Communications was the first cable TV provider in Austin to carry Longhorn Network (LHN) when the 24-hour network dedicated to Texas Athletics launched in 2011. LHN will kick off its third year with exclusive national telecasts of Texas football match ups against New Mexico State on Saturday, August 31, Ole Miss on Saturday, September 14 and Kansas on Saturday, November 2.Grande residential and business customers in Austin can find LHN on channel 29 and in HD on channel 829.
ABOUT GRANDE COMMUNICATIONS
Grande Communications is a Texas-based broadband communications company that offers a full suite of internet, TV and phone services for residential and business customers through its state-of-the-art, high-capacity, hybrid fiber-optic network. Since its launch ten years ago, Grande has offered Texans a real choice in entertainment and communications providers plus outstanding local customer and technical support. Grande proudly serves the following communities: Austin,Corpus Christi, Dallas, Midland, Odessa, San Antonio, San Marcos and Waco. For more information, visit mygrande.com, Like Grande Communications on Facebook or follow @grandecom on Twitter.
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 anduniversities in the country. Headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C., 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
ABOUT LONGHORN NETWORK
Longhorn Network is now available online to Grande Communications subscribers at LonghornNetwork.com. It is also available on tablets and on smartphones to fans with an affiliated video subscription.
Casey Sherman (Grande Communications), 512-382-9017, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eryn McMahan (Longhorn IMG), 512-413-7777, email@example.com
Nick Voinis (UT Athletics), 512-471-2151, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keri Potts (LHN), 860-766-4482, email@example.com
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