Westwood One and the NCAA® Announce New Multi-Year Radio Rights Agreement
- Westwood One renews its partnership with the NCAA to be the exclusive
network radio home of the NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's
Basketball Championship and the Final Four® -
NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2011
NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westwood One and the
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today a new
multi-year agreement for Westwood One to continue as the exclusive network
radio home of the NCAA Championships including the Men's Basketball
Championship Tournament and Final Four.
"We are proud to continue our very successful partnership with the NCAA," said
Rod Sherwood, President of Westwood One. "This agreement ensures that Westwood
One will continue to be America's preeminent nationwide radio sports
broadcaster for years to come."
"The NCAA and Westwood One have a longstanding relationship and devotion to
NCAA Championships, which represent outstanding student-athlete talent in
college sports," said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. "Westwood One's commitment
to the highest level of excellence in sports broadcasting ensures that
millions of NCAA fans nationwide won't miss a second of championship action."
"Delivering every bounce, basket and buzzer-beater of NCAA March Madness® to
our faithful listeners is something we cherish greatly," said Howard Deneroff,
SVP/Executive Producer Westwood One Sports. "From Magic vs. Bird over three
decades ago, to Butler's thrilling Cinderella run just last season, America's
radio destination for college hoops has been, and will continue to be Westwood
Westwood One will continue to exclusively broadcast the Division I Men's
Basketball Championship including the Men's Final Four the Division II Men's
Basketball Championship, the Division I Women's Basketball Championship
regional finals as well as Women's Final Four, the Division I Men's Ice Hockey
Championship semifinals and championship; and the Men's College World Series.
Westwood One will also begin airing additional championships as part of the
new deal including, the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship and
Women's College World Series Finals.
In addition to network radio, Westwood One is also the exclusive online and
mobile audio provider of the NCAA Championships. Westwood One's 2011 Division
I Men's Basketball Championship Tournament audio broadcasts will be heard on
over 450 radio stations, as well as through the use of mobile devices
nationwide. Audio broadcasts of all 67 Division I Men's Basketball
Championship games will be streamed online for millions more to enjoy via the
Westwood One is the leader in play-by-play sports broadcasts on radio. In
addition to the NCAA Championships, Westwood One's sports lineup includes
regular season NFL football, the Playoffs and the Super Bowl; regular season
NCAA Football and Basketball; the Masters, the Olympics, The Robert Wuhl Show,
Westwood One Sports Prep and more.
About the NCAA
The NCAA® is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and
universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for
more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and
universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA
Championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit NCAA.org and NCAA.com
for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate
partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.
*NCAA, March Madness, Final Four and College World Series are trademarks owned
or licensed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
About Westwood One
Westwood One (Nasdaq: WWON) is one of the nation's largest providers of
network radio programming and one of the largest domestic providers of traffic
information in the U.S. Westwood One serves more than 5,000 radio and 165 TV
stations in the U.S. Westwood One provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk
and entertainment programs, features and live events to numerous media
partners. Through its Metro Traffic business, Westwood One provides traffic
reporting and local news, sports and weather to more than 2,250 radio and TV
stations. Westwood One also provides digital and other cross-platform delivery
of its Network Radio and Metro Traffic content to over 700 radio, television
and newspaper affiliates.
SOURCE Westwood One, Inc.
Contact: Peter Sessa, Westwood One, +1-212-641-2053,
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