Gopher Athletics, Clear Channel Extend Radio Partnership
March 10, 2014
The University of Minnesota Department of Athletics, in conjunction with multimedia rights-holder Gopher Sports Properties, announced today a three-year extension with Clear Channel Radio.
The agreement will see Gopher football broadcast on Clear Channel's KFAN Sports Radio FM 100.3 for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons.
"We have enjoyed our relationship with Clear Channel and are looking forward to another exciting three years of having Gopher football broadcast on KFAN Sports Radio," said Director of Athletics Norwood Teague. "We evaluated all of our broadcast options, but the best place for us and for our fans right now is with Clear Channel. One of the things we are most excited about is leveraging Clear Channel's top-rated, non-sports stations to help promote Gopher athletics to a wider audience."
Clear Channel will continue to provide play-by-play coverage of all Gopher football games, related football programming with KFAN's Justin Gaard, the in-season weekly coach's show with Jerry Kill and a one-hour weekly show dedicated to Gopher Athletics.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with the University of Minnesota's Golden Gopher Football program and Learfield Sports," said Clear Channel Radio Market President Michael Crusham. "The combination of FM 100.3 KFAN, and our five other radio brands allows us to mutually grow both of our programs. Golden Gopher Football is headed to a higher level and so are we. We will enjoy the ride together for the next three years and hopefully many more."
Gopher Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages the multimedia rights for nearly 100 collegiate properties and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors' Cup with award co-founders NACDA and USA Today. Learfield's multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. For more about the company, its 40-year history and comprehensive portfolio, visit learfieldsports.com.