CLEMSON, South Carolina (AUGUST 16, 2017) – Clemson Sports & Campus Marketing, a JMI Sports property, today announced a partnership with WSPA-TV for new Clemson sports programming. The CBS affiliate owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) serves Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson, SC (DMA # 37). Produced and distributed by WSPA-TV 7 News, the all-new programming will bring Tigers fans exclusive coverage with shows featuring Clemson University’s football, basketball and other NCAA Division I athletic programs.
“Inside Clemson Football with Dabo Swinney,” will air on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on WSPA-TV beginning September 4th. In addition, the show will broadcast on four other Nexstar stations located throughout South Carolina and Georgia, with additional distribution to one Sinclair Broadcasting station serving the Columbia, SC market and on Fox Sports South (Note: the programming schedule is specific to each station; air-dates/times are included in the table below).
The best part of watching Clemson football is seeing some of the top players in the Atlantic Coast Conference battle-it-out for the division title, as well as against other national programs. The completely reinvented show, “Inside Clemson Football with Dabo Swinney” will give fans a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Clemson Tiger as well as insider access to the team and its most talented playmakers. The Voice of the Tigers Don Munson and WSPA-TV Sports Director Pete Yanity will engage in exclusive interviews with Head Coach Dabo Swinney and other Clemson football staff and players to examine what it takes to support a National Championship Football program and how to ensure the Tigers remain “All-In” – succeeding both on and off the field. In addition, the program will take viewers inside each game with detailed analysis, while offering a look ahead to upcoming opponents.
WSPA-TV’s coverage at Memorial Stadium (Death Valley) and other Clemson sports venues will incorporate unique features such as game day highlights and weather forecasts. In addition, the station’s “Inside Clemson Football” cameras will take fans behind the scenes with the Tigers at the new Allen N. Reeves Football Complex for an exclusive look at how the team is preparing for what promises to be an action-packed 2017-2018 season. Each week, WSPA-TV will not only speak with the coaches and players, but will also interview the unsung heroes who help build Clemson’s winning team.
Scott Morris, President of Clemson Sports & Campus Marketing, commented, “Clemson is home to one of the most prominent and competitive athletic programs in the country. When the University awarded us the long-term, multi-media and marketing rights we were excited to create new exceptional programming for Tigers fans, starting with the reinvented coaches’ television series. We approached several broadcasters to collaborate with us and we found that Nexstar and WSPA-TV shared our vision. Nexstar’s superior local content production resources and key distribution to broadcast television stations across the Southeast will provide expanded coverage to the Tigers’ fan base. We look forward to showcasing Clemson’s outstanding coaches and student-athletes beginning this fall with the launch of ‘Inside Clemson Football with Dabo Swinney.’”
“At Nexstar and WSPA 7 News,we are committed to supporting the needs and interests of the local communities that we proudly serve in Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson and across the great states of South Carolina and Georgia,” added Mark Higgins, Vice President and General Manager of WSPA-TV. “College athletics are unique in that strong bonds are formed between students and alumni across multiple generations based on shared traditions and a continued passion for their athletic teams. As a result, we jumped at the opportunity to partner with JMI Sports and Clemson University to produce and distribute exclusive, high-quality sports programming connected to one of the premiere sporting franchises in our market. As the ‘Official TV Home of the Clemson Tigers Family,’ WSPA News 7 will also be a primary source for news and sports from Clemson University, delivering unprecedented viewing experiences and coverage to local viewers and Tigers fans throughout the Southeast.”
Plans are also underway for the launch of a show featuring the Clemson Tigers men’s basketball coach, Brad Brownell and team. The title and schedule of the programming will be released closer to the start-date of the basketball season.
About JMI SportsJMI Sports is a full-service collegiate marketing firm providing the highest quality management of athletics multimedia rights and breaking new ground in the creation of Total Campus Marketing programs, maximizing the economic potential of universities. Clients include Clemson University, University of Kentucky, University of Pennsylvania, and the Ivy League, as well as the University of Georgia and Columbia University, in joint ventures with IMG College. JMI Sports is also a highly regarded project manager for the development of collegiate and professional sports facilities. JMI Sports was founded in 2006 by CEO Erik Judson, and technology entrepreneur John Moores, former owner of the San Diego Padres.
About Clemson Sports & Campus Marketing – powered by JMI SportsJMI Sports is the multimedia rights and corporate sponsorship partner of Clemson University. Operating as Clemson Sports & Campus Marketing, JMI Sports provides Clemson with enhanced campus-wide marketing services, building upon the strategic expansion of Clemson’s athletics multimedia and corporate sponsorship programs. In the process of generating significant new revenues for the University and enhancing the Clemson experience, the partnership assists in building the Clemson brand and expanding its fan base through the production of radio game broadcasts, television coaches’ show programming and other sports features for Clemson Athletics.
About Clemson UniversityRanked No. 23 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.
About WSPA-TV WSPA-TV is the local broadcast television and digital operations owned by Nexstar Media Group, Inc., severing Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson, SC (DMA # 37). WSPA 7 News and Storm Team 7 are the leading source of news and weather in the Upstate. WSPA-TV studios are currently outfitted with advanced production resources and technologies, including state-of-the-art HD cameras, weather forecasting equipment andlocally-themed news sets. WSPA.com gives viewers 24/7 access to WSPA-TV’s local news, weather and sports content; community events; lifestyle tips and general information on any platform. The station’s WSPA 7 News App allows consumers to easily access critical local news, weather and traffic updates from their digital / mobile devices and is available in the App Store or Google Play Store. Viewers may also follow WSPA 7 News on Twitter @WSPA7 and Facebook.
As “The Official TV Home of The Clemson Tigers Family,” WSPA-TV is proud to support higher education and better futures for our families here at home.
About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 170 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or nearly 39% of all U.S. television households. Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. For more information please visit www.nexstar.tv.
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