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UTEP Athletics and Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment Announce Multimedia Rights Partnership

May 8th 2019

NEW YORK (May 8, 2019) - Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment (Van Wagner) and The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) announced a long-term agreement under which Van Wagner will serve as the athletics department’s exclusive multimedia rights partner and sales agent.

“UTEP Athletics is excited to join forces with Van Wagner,” said UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter. “I am a big believer that every person makes a difference. In this case, every partner and sponsor can make a difference in how UTEP Athletics will compete for and win championships. The knowledge and expertise of the Van Wagner staff will be a tremendous asset to our department as we look to continue engaging the El Paso community in the most meaningful way possible. This partnership will ultimately benefit all of our student athletes, as it will help us achieve our goals and elevate our department’s stature both regionally and nationally”.

“Selecting a multimedia rights partner is critically important, and I am most appreciative of the hard work our UTEP Purchasing team put into the RFP process as well as the input that our consultant Dan Gale of the Leona Marketing Group brought to the table. We can’t be more thrilled to be working with Van Wagner,” said Senter.

Van Wagner, in partnership with UTEP Athletics, will manage and sell in-game promotional experiences and digital media assets. Additionally, the team will sell and execute the Miners’ in-venue signage at 11 athletics facilities, promotional rights to athletic marks and broadcast assets.

"We are thrilled about our partnership with UTEP Athletics and the opportunity to work with Director of Athletics Jim Senter and the Miner Family,” said Van Wagner Executive Vice President Mike Palisi. “We are united in our beliefs that the future is incredibly bright for the University and are committed to incorporating the program’s ‘Every Person Makes a Difference’ strategy in building corporate support for the Miners. We look forward to building a Corporate Partners program that embraces the proud and rich history of the University, the city of El Paso and the Borderplex region and delivers true value to both the University and our Corporate Partners. We are confident that working alongside Jim and his team, we will generate unprecedented corporate support as partners with this great University.”

Since 2014, Van Wagner Collegiate Services 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, Florida International University, Furman University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola Marymount University, Niagara University, Pepperdine University, Samford University, University of San Francisco, Rider University, Siena College, Saint Joseph’s University, Santa Clara University, Stony Brook University, Towson University, Valparaiso University and The College of William & Mary.

About UTEP

The University of Texas at El Paso is a top tier doctoral research university located in one of the largest binational communities in the world. The University enrolls more than 25,000 students, invests $95 million in research annually, and offers 170 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in 10 colleges and schools. It maintains one of the lowest out-of-pocket costs of any research university in the U.S., underscoring its commitment to make education accessible to all. The Miners are represented by 16 NCAA Division I teams and compete in Conference USA. UTEP has won a total of 21 NCAA Division I team national championships, most notably the famed 1966 men’s basketball national title.

Media Contacts:

Van Wagner: Mike Palisi – mpalisi@vanwagner.com or (212) 699-8627 UTEP Athletics: Jeff Darby – jdarby@utep.edu or (915) 747-6652