Multi-Year Agreement to Include Broadcasts of Select Olympic Sports
MINNEAPOLIS – June 3, 2019 – The University of Minnesota Athletics and its multimedia rightsholder, Gopher Sports Properties, announced today an extension of its broadcast agreement with iHeartMedia Minneapolis, effective through the 2022-2023 athletic season.
iHeartMedia Minneapolis’s KFAN FM 100.3, 1130 KTLK-FM / FM 103.5 and KFAN Plus 96.7 FM will continue to serve as the Gophers’ flagship radio stations through the 2022-2023 athletic season. In addition, the new broadcast agreement term is concurrent with the 2019-2020 collegiate athletics season and will entail coverage of select Olympic sports as well as football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s hockey and coaches’ shows, including “Gopher Football Weekly With P.J.” “Fleck,” “Gopher Basketball Weekly With Richard Pitino” and “The Bob Motzko Show.”
Gopher football games and Fleck’s seasonal show will continue to be heard on KFAN 100.3. Men’s basketball will be heard primarily on 1130 KTLK-AM / FM 103.5, but a select number of games against Big Ten opponents will be broadcast on KFAN 100.3. In addition, Pitino’s weekly show will air on KFAN 100.3 FM. Men’s hockey games and “The Bob Motzko Show” will broadcast on 1130 KTLK-AM / FM 103.5 and women’s basketball coverage will air on 96.7 KFAN Plus.
“We at iHeartMedia are thrilled to continue our broadcast partnership with University of Minnesota Athletics and the Golden Gophers,” said Jeff Tyler, Division President for iHeartMedia Minneapolis. “This is an exciting time for Gophers athletics, as well as the many alumni and fans who listen to and sponsor the broadcasts. iHeartMedia is looking forward to the big things on the horizon for the student-athletes, teams and coaches.”
“iHeartMedia Minneapolis has been an outstanding broadcast partner. All of the additional coverage added to this new agreement made for an easy decision to continue working together,” said Greg Gerlach, Vice President and General Manager of Gopher Sports Properties, the locally based Learfield IMG College team. “We’re excited to keep the extended live game coverage, as well as add some Olympic sports broadcasts in this new term.”
iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market with multiple platforms including its broadcast stations; podcasts; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 2 billion app downloads and 125 million registered users.
About iHeartMedia Minneapolis
iHeartMedia Minneapolis owns and operates KDWB-FM, KFXN-FM, KQQL-FM, KTCZ-FM, KEEY-FM, KTLK-AM/FM, KQQL-HD2, KQQL-HD3 and KTCZ-HD3, and is part of iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia is the #1 audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media
company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms including 848 live broadcast stations; its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices including smart speakers, smartphones, TVs and gaming consoles; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics and attribution technology for its marketing partners, using data from its massive consumer base. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK:IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.
About Gopher Athletics
The University of Minnesota athletic department sponsors 25 varsity teams and supports nearly 700 student athletes. Minnesota has claimed 209 all-time regular season conference championships, 40 conference tournament championships and 29 national championships. Season and single-game ticket information to Gopher sports events can be found at GopherSports.com/tickets.