The Associated Press
MORGANTOWN — Longtime Mountaineer sports announcer Tony Caridi will continue calling the plays at West Virginia University football and basketball games, IMG College announced Monday.
Caridi had told The Register-Herald last week at an appearance in Summersville that a deal between him and IMG College was imminent.
Caridi will also host the coaches’ shows on the new sports network, along with a television show that is in development, said the North Carolina-based company, which recently won a contract for multimedia rights to certain WVU sports events.
Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG plans to expand its pre-game and postgame coverage by four hours, the media group said. Pre-game shows will go from one hour to 3.5 hours, while the postgame shows will be go from 30 minutes to two hours.
The deal also allows Caridi to continue to appear on the “Northside Automotive Statewide Sportsline,” a popular weeknight radio show.
IMG said it will announce the hiring of additional commentators and reporters soon.
Twenty stations have already signed on to carry IMG’s coverage.
“Over the past several weeks, affiliate pick up has been extremely strong, and now we’re absolutely thrilled Tony has committed to our broadcasts,” said Joe Potter, IMG’s senior vice president for operations.
WVU is guaranteed to make $4.1 million in royalties in the first year of its new 12-year deal with IMG, which will pay at least $86.5 million through 2025. If the contract is renewed, IMG will pay an additional $105 million over the following decade.
WVU awarded the contract on its second try July 11. It was forced to rebid after a review by the state attorney general’s office found “significant errors and sloppiness” in how the first deal was crafted.