University of Illinois Signs Extension with the Collegiate Licensing Company

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SIGNS EXTENSION
WITH THE COLLEGIATE LICENSING COMPANY
 
ATLANTA, Ga. (August 9, 2016) - The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing affiliate of IMG College, today announced a multi-year extension of its partnership agreement with the University of Illinois to continue managing the school’s successful trademark licensing program. CLC began partnering with Illinois in 1983.
 
“CLC has been an integral part of our licensing success for more than thirty years, and we are pleased to renew our partnership,” said Marty Kaufmann, Senior Associate Athletics Director of Business Development at Illinois. “CLC’s team of licensing experts has helped guide the University as we grow our brand at retail, and we look forward to continuing to leveraging their resources, tools, and staff to provide best-in-class merchandise for our Illini fans.”
 
CLC’s representation of the Illinois trademark licensing program will continue to focus on the selection and management of best-in-class licensees to build the University’s brand while increasing sales of the highest-quality officially licensed products. Through its relationship with CLC, the University has developed a portfolio of national licensing and co-branded partnerships that include Victoria’s Secret PINK, Dockers, Dooney & Bourke, Yeti, Carhartt, Star Wars, and others. CLC also assisted Illinois with its 2014 brand update in conjunction with it sideline partner, Nike, and helped the University create the limited-edition “Lou Henson Collection” honoring its legendary coach.
 
Officially-licensed product for Illinois is now sold by more than 1,600 retail accounts across the country. The Illini licensing program has achieved greater in-store distribution and total sales due in part to its participation in CLC’s exclusive national retail marketing platforms, including College Colors Day, Rock Your Colors and Holiday Cheer Section. Illinois has also utilized CLC’s proprietary reporting systems and global consumer insights to develop marketing and licensing strategies to reach consumers across the country through a variety of retail channels and stores.
 
“We are excited to extend our long-time partnership with Illinois, and we look forward to continuing to work with the University to develop customized licensing and marketing programs to grow the Illini licensing program,” said Cory Moss, CLC’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director. “Our CLC team is dedicated to delivering innovative solutions and services to help the University connect its fans with the Illinois brand.”
 
CLC, the leading collegiate licensing agency in the U.S., currently represents nearly 200 collegiate institutions, including top athletic conferences, 30 bowl games, the NCAA, and the College Football Playoff in the $4.6 billion retail market for collegiate products.
 
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About Illinois
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, founded in 1867 is one of America’s original land-grant universities and a charter member of the Big Ten Conference. Each year, about 45,000 students come from every state in the nation and from more than half of the world’s countries to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in more than 150 different disciplines. Illinois varsity athletes compete in 21 different Division I sports.
 
About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 30 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.
 
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Contact: Mike Scanlan, IMG, (216) 436-3544, mike.scanlan@img.com