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University of Minnesota and 1500 ESPN expand broadcast deal

Gopher Sports Properties extends agreement with Hubbard Broadcasting owned station
Gopher Sports Properties extends agreement with Hubbard Broadcasting owned station

Starting this upcoming hockey season, 1500 ESPN and the University of Minnesota extended their partnership for three seasons with every men’s hockey and men’s basketball game airing on the Hubbard Broadcasting networks. Women’s basketball also will have an additional presence as part of this deal.

The deal between the school and 1500 ESPN lasts from the 2014-15 to 2016-17 seasons.

“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 Director of Athletics Norwood Teague. “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 covers live regular season broadcasts rights for every men’s hockey and basketball game while fifteen women’s basketball contests will appear as part of the deal. Each of the three sports will also still have in-season coaches’ shows and other programming. Included in auxiliary programming are hour long Gopher basketball and Gopher athletics 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 including talent and the statewide affiliates.

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