Raese alleges WVU ‘tailored’ media rights bid for competitor

In their latest salvo on West Virginia University’s handling of a media rights deal, lawyers for Morgantown businessman John Raese alleged Wednesday that WVU officials “tailored” a recent bid request so that Winston Salem, N.C.-based IMG College and subcontractor West Virginia Media Holdings would win the lucrative contract.

In a formal protest, Raese’s attorneys said WVU must disqualify IMG and West Virginia Media from bidding on the contract a second time because of “the appearance of impropriety.”

In January, IMG signed a tentative third-tier media rights deal with WVU. But the university announced it would re-bid the multimillion-dollar contract after West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey released a report concluding that WVU officials — including athletic director Oliver Luck and Board of Governor’s Chairman Drew Payne — violated purchasing and ethics rules while creating the deal with IMG.

Full Article at: The Charleston Gazette

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