Miami University Athletics and Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment Announce Multimedia Rights Partnership

Aug 21st 2019

New York (August 21, 2019) - Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment and Miami University Athletics announced an agreement granting Van Wagner exclusive rights to represent Miami University Athletics in negotiating corporate sponsorships and media sales.

“As we continue to assess all aspects of Miami University Athletics, it became apparent the need for us to have greater engagement in our business community in our efforts to Graduate Champions,” said Director of Athletics David Sayler. “Van Wagner’s business model and overarching customer-focused philosophy aligns well with our long-term strategies of enhancing our corporate partnership program. We are excited about the value Van Wagner brings to the table and we are looking forward to locking arms with them to provide resources for our student-athletes.”

In addition to selling and managing Miami’s broadcast and digital media assets, Van Wagner will execute sponsorships that include such marketing assets as athletic facility signage, social media content, rights to athletic marks and in-game promotional features.

“We are proud to announce our partnership with Miami University Athletics, a program that best represents the ideals and value of intercollegiate athletics” said Van Wagner Executive Vice President Mike Palisi. “Consistent with the University’s position as one of the finest public institutions in the nation, Director of Athletics David Sayler and his staff have focused on the pursuit of excellence both in the classroom and on the field as they write the next great chapters of Miami Athletics’ storied tradition while continuing to graduate champions. We are honored that David and Associate AD for Revenue Generation, D’Angelo Solomon have entrusted us to work with them to reimagine the Corporate Partners program in a manner more consistent with their success.”

Since 2014, Van Wagner has become a leader in college sports marketing and was developed to represent the sponsorship or multimedia rights for multiple schools and athletic conferences, including the America East Conference, Big South Conference, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Colonial Athletic Association, Western Athletic Conference, and the West Coast Conference, as well as Arizona State National Sales, Canisius College, East Tennessee State University, Furman University, Florida International University, Georgia State University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola Marymount University, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Niagara University, Pepperdine University, Samford University, University of San Francisco, Rider University, Siena College, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Peter’s University, Santa Clara University, Southern Utah University, Southland Conference, Stony Brook University, The University of Texas at El Paso, Towson University, Valparaiso University and The College of William & Mary.

About Miami University

Intercollegiate Athletics’s mission at Miami is to Graduate Champions by providing guidance and support to students committed to their unyielding pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. Our guiding principles are grounded in teamwork, focus, attitude, tenacity and integrity.

Miami’s teams have tremendous success winning a Mid-American Conference record number of championships in: Football: 15; Men’s Basketball: 21; Cross Country: 24; and Women’s Tennis: 23

In 2017-18, Miami won the MAC’s prestigious Cartwright Award – presented annually to the best overall athletic program in the conference. Athletic and academic success are considered, along with leadership and service. It was Miami’s first time winning the award. This was followed by Miami winning a record nine championships in 2018-19 and capturing the MAC’s all sport trophies for the women (Reese) and men (Jacoby) in the same year for the first time ever. While student-athletes earned a cumulative 3.25 GPA during the year, they also extended their streak of 29 straight semesters above a 3.0 GPA, garnered 10 players of the year and freshmen of the year honors, earned 37 first-team All-MAC spots and provided more than 4,500 hours of community service. All while celebrating seven Coach of the Year awards.

Media Contacts:

Van Wagner: Mike Palisi – or (212) 699-8627

Miami: David Meyer – or 513-529-4329