Gophers basketball, hockey sign 3-year extension with 1500 ESPN
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MINNEAPOLIS - Gophers basketball and hockey will continue to be heard on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
The two sides on Thursday announced a three-year extension for the radio station to remain the broadcast partner for the teams. The agreement includes the 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 sesasons.
"This extension of our agreement confirms how we have enjoyed our relationship with 1500 ESPN and the platform they provide for our men's hockey and basketball programs," said athletics director Norwood Teague in the release. "We believe that working with 1500 ESPN provides our programs an outstanding multimedia platform to reach our fans and alumni. Beyond the games themselves, 1500 ESPN will continue to provide showcase programming for these teams, including coaches' shows and other content to engage Gopher fans all year long."
The agreement includes live, regular-season broadcast rights for all men's hockey games, all men's basketball games and 15 women's basketball games through the three-year period. It also will include postseason programming based on broadcast rights availability.
Each sport will continue to have weekly in-season coaches' radio shows and other original programming, which includes weekly Gophers basketball and other Gophers athletics hour-long shows.
"We are excited to extend our partnership with the University of Minnesota and Learfield Sports," said Dan Seeman, vice president of Hubbard Broadcasting. "Gopher athletics is woven into the very fabric of 1500 ESPN; when you consider the great heritage of Gopher sports and Hubbard Broadcasting, it's the perfect fit."
"1500 ESPN has proven to be a great radio partner for Gopher hockey and basketball, and we believe fans will be pleased to know they can continue to follow Gopher basketball and hockey in the Twin Cities through this fall and beyond," said Greg Gerlach, general manager for Gopher Sports Properties, which oversees all aspects of the Gopher Radio Network.