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UND ATHLETICS: UND signs $1.425 million deal with Midco

Midco Sports Network will continue to be the television home of UND athletics for the near future. UND announced Monday that it has signed a five-year, $1.425 million deal with its broadcast partner, taking the parties through the 2021-22 sports ...

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A view from the Midco Sports Network booth in the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Grand Forks Herald photo by Brad Elliott Schlossman

Midco Sports Network will continue to be the television home of UND athletics for the near future. UND announced Monday that it has signed a five-year, $1.425 million deal with its broadcast partner, taking the parties through the 2021-22 sports season. Independent investigator to review Bresciani media rules controversy UND HOCKEY: National champ returns to coach The current five-year, $1 million deal with Midco was scheduled to run out after the upcoming 2016-17 season. "We're excited to continue the partnership," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "It has been a great thing for us. We're going to continue to enjoy our partnership. They've increased our exposure and created added revenue for the program. They have a really high quality production. It fits our footprint. It has been incredible to work with a great crew." The contract calls for Midco to televise all home men's hockey games, all home football games, five men's basketball games, five women's basketball games, four women's hockey games and three volleyball matches per year.
The only home games Midco won't be allowed to handle are ones picked up by the league's national television rights-holder (CBS Sports Network for men's hockey and Root Sports for Big Sky sports). Midco, which is attempting to gain foothold in the Fargo market, will allow Fox College Sports to pick up five of its regular-season men's hockey broadcasts this season. Midco will cover the expenses for production and talent. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764864","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"299","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]"That's a pretty tremendous deal for us as a program at our level," Faison said. Midco will continue to televise its weekly half-hour men's hockey show featuring coach Brad Berry and a half-hour show featuring other UND sports. Beginning next season, it will host a half-hour football program. Midco recently hired Alex Heinert to handle play-by-play duties for the network after Dan Hammer left for another job. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764866","attributes":{"alt":"Josh Seibel runs through a drill at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, 2015. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)","class":"media-image","height":"345","title":"Josh Seibel runs through a drill at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, 2015. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Kyle Doperalski, the UND associate athletic director for external operations, said that both sides wanted to extend the contract now, even though it wasn't set to expire for another year. "It was something we had been talking about for a while now," Doperalski said. "We didn't want to get late in the game where we had to scramble. Both sides wanted to explore what the future would look like. We've been talking to them throughout the summer and came to an agreement."Midco Sports Network will continue to be the television home of UND athletics for the near future. UND announced Monday that it has signed a five-year, $1.425 million deal with its broadcast partner, taking the parties through the 2021-22 sports season. Independent investigator to review Bresciani media rules controversy UND HOCKEY: National champ returns to coach The current five-year, $1 million deal with Midco was scheduled to run out after the upcoming 2016-17 season. "We're excited to continue the partnership," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "It has been a great thing for us. We're going to continue to enjoy our partnership. They've increased our exposure and created added revenue for the program. They have a really high quality production. It fits our footprint. It has been incredible to work with a great crew." The contract calls for Midco to televise all home men's hockey games, all home football games, five men's basketball games, five women's basketball games, four women's hockey games and three volleyball matches per year. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764843","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]The only home games Midco won't be allowed to handle are ones picked up by the league's national television rights-holder (CBS Sports Network for men's hockey and Root Sports for Big Sky sports). Midco, which is attempting to gain foothold in the Fargo market, will allow Fox College Sports to pick up five of its regular-season men's hockey broadcasts this season. Midco will cover the expenses for production and talent.
"That's a pretty tremendous deal for us as a program at our level," Faison said. Midco will continue to televise its weekly half-hour men's hockey show featuring coach Brad Berry and a half-hour show featuring other UND sports. Beginning next season, it will host a half-hour football program. Midco recently hired Alex Heinert to handle play-by-play duties for the network after Dan Hammer left for another job. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764866","attributes":{"alt":"Josh Seibel runs through a drill at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, 2015. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)","class":"media-image","height":"345","title":"Josh Seibel runs through a drill at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, 2015. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Kyle Doperalski, the UND associate athletic director for external operations, said that both sides wanted to extend the contract now, even though it wasn't set to expire for another year. "It was something we had been talking about for a while now," Doperalski said. "We didn't want to get late in the game where we had to scramble. Both sides wanted to explore what the future would look like. We've been talking to them throughout the summer and came to an agreement."Midco Sports Network will continue to be the television home of UND athletics for the near future. UND announced Monday that it has signed a five-year, $1.425 million deal with its broadcast partner, taking the parties through the 2021-22 sports season. Independent investigator to review Bresciani media rules controversy UND HOCKEY: National champ returns to coach The current five-year, $1 million deal with Midco was scheduled to run out after the upcoming 2016-17 season. "We're excited to continue the partnership," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "It has been a great thing for us. We're going to continue to enjoy our partnership. They've increased our exposure and created added revenue for the program. They have a really high quality production. It fits our footprint. It has been incredible to work with a great crew." The contract calls for Midco to televise all home men's hockey games, all home football games, five men's basketball games, five women's basketball games, four women's hockey games and three volleyball matches per year. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764843","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]The only home games Midco won't be allowed to handle are ones picked up by the league's national television rights-holder (CBS Sports Network for men's hockey and Root Sports for Big Sky sports). Midco, which is attempting to gain foothold in the Fargo market, will allow Fox College Sports to pick up five of its regular-season men's hockey broadcasts this season. Midco will cover the expenses for production and talent. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764864","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"299","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]"That's a pretty tremendous deal for us as a program at our level," Faison said. Midco will continue to televise its weekly half-hour men's hockey show featuring coach Brad Berry and a half-hour show featuring other UND sports. Beginning next season, it will host a half-hour football program. Midco recently hired Alex Heinert to handle play-by-play duties for the network after Dan Hammer left for another job.
Kyle Doperalski, the UND associate athletic director for external operations, said that both sides wanted to extend the contract now, even though it wasn't set to expire for another year. "It was something we had been talking about for a while now," Doperalski said. "We didn't want to get late in the game where we had to scramble. Both sides wanted to explore what the future would look like. We've been talking to them throughout the summer and came to an agreement."Midco Sports Network will continue to be the television home of UND athletics for the near future.UND announced Monday that it has signed a five-year, $1.425 million deal with its broadcast partner, taking the parties through the 2021-22 sports season.Independent investigator to review Bresciani media rules controversyUND HOCKEY: National champ returns to coachThe current five-year, $1 million deal with Midco was scheduled to run out after the upcoming 2016-17 season."We're excited to continue the partnership," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "It has been a great thing for us. We're going to continue to enjoy our partnership. They've increased our exposure and created added revenue for the program. They have a really high quality production. It fits our footprint. It has been incredible to work with a great crew."The contract calls for Midco to televise all home men's hockey games, all home football games, five men's basketball games, five women's basketball games, four women's hockey games and three volleyball matches per year.
The only home games Midco won't be allowed to handle are ones picked up by the league's national television rights-holder (CBS Sports Network for men's hockey and Root Sports for Big Sky sports).Midco, which is attempting to gain foothold in the Fargo market, will allow Fox College Sports to pick up five of its regular-season men's hockey broadcasts this season.Midco will cover the expenses for production and talent.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764864","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"299","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]"That's a pretty tremendous deal for us as a program at our level," Faison said.Midco will continue to televise its weekly half-hour men's hockey show featuring coach Brad Berry and a half-hour show featuring other UND sports. Beginning next season, it will host a half-hour football program.Midco recently hired Alex Heinert to handle play-by-play duties for the network after Dan Hammer left for another job.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764866","attributes":{"alt":"Josh Seibel runs through a drill at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, 2015. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)","class":"media-image","height":"345","title":"Josh Seibel runs through a drill at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, 2015. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Kyle Doperalski, the UND associate athletic director for external operations, said that both sides wanted to extend the contract now, even though it wasn't set to expire for another year."It was something we had been talking about for a while now," Doperalski said. "We didn't want to get late in the game where we had to scramble. Both sides wanted to explore what the future would look like. We've been talking to them throughout the summer and came to an agreement."Midco Sports Network will continue to be the television home of UND athletics for the near future.UND announced Monday that it has signed a five-year, $1.425 million deal with its broadcast partner, taking the parties through the 2021-22 sports season.Independent investigator to review Bresciani media rules controversyUND HOCKEY: National champ returns to coachThe current five-year, $1 million deal with Midco was scheduled to run out after the upcoming 2016-17 season."We're excited to continue the partnership," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "It has been a great thing for us. We're going to continue to enjoy our partnership. They've increased our exposure and created added revenue for the program. They have a really high quality production. It fits our footprint. It has been incredible to work with a great crew."The contract calls for Midco to televise all home men's hockey games, all home football games, five men's basketball games, five women's basketball games, four women's hockey games and three volleyball matches per year.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764843","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]The only home games Midco won't be allowed to handle are ones picked up by the league's national television rights-holder (CBS Sports Network for men's hockey and Root Sports for Big Sky sports).Midco, which is attempting to gain foothold in the Fargo market, will allow Fox College Sports to pick up five of its regular-season men's hockey broadcasts this season.Midco will cover the expenses for production and talent.
"That's a pretty tremendous deal for us as a program at our level," Faison said.Midco will continue to televise its weekly half-hour men's hockey show featuring coach Brad Berry and a half-hour show featuring other UND sports. Beginning next season, it will host a half-hour football program.Midco recently hired Alex Heinert to handle play-by-play duties for the network after Dan Hammer left for another job.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764866","attributes":{"alt":"Josh Seibel runs through a drill at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, 2015. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)","class":"media-image","height":"345","title":"Josh Seibel runs through a drill at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, 2015. (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]Kyle Doperalski, the UND associate athletic director for external operations, said that both sides wanted to extend the contract now, even though it wasn't set to expire for another year."It was something we had been talking about for a while now," Doperalski said. "We didn't want to get late in the game where we had to scramble. Both sides wanted to explore what the future would look like. We've been talking to them throughout the summer and came to an agreement."Midco Sports Network will continue to be the television home of UND athletics for the near future.UND announced Monday that it has signed a five-year, $1.425 million deal with its broadcast partner, taking the parties through the 2021-22 sports season.Independent investigator to review Bresciani media rules controversyUND HOCKEY: National champ returns to coachThe current five-year, $1 million deal with Midco was scheduled to run out after the upcoming 2016-17 season."We're excited to continue the partnership," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "It has been a great thing for us. We're going to continue to enjoy our partnership. They've increased our exposure and created added revenue for the program. They have a really high quality production. It fits our footprint. It has been incredible to work with a great crew."The contract calls for Midco to televise all home men's hockey games, all home football games, five men's basketball games, five women's basketball games, four women's hockey games and three volleyball matches per year.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764843","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"320","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]The only home games Midco won't be allowed to handle are ones picked up by the league's national television rights-holder (CBS Sports Network for men's hockey and Root Sports for Big Sky sports).Midco, which is attempting to gain foothold in the Fargo market, will allow Fox College Sports to pick up five of its regular-season men's hockey broadcasts this season.Midco will cover the expenses for production and talent.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"2764864","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"299","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"480"}}]]"That's a pretty tremendous deal for us as a program at our level," Faison said.Midco will continue to televise its weekly half-hour men's hockey show featuring coach Brad Berry and a half-hour show featuring other UND sports. Beginning next season, it will host a half-hour football program.Midco recently hired Alex Heinert to handle play-by-play duties for the network after Dan Hammer left for another job.
Kyle Doperalski, the UND associate athletic director for external operations, said that both sides wanted to extend the contract now, even though it wasn't set to expire for another year."It was something we had been talking about for a while now," Doperalski said. "We didn't want to get late in the game where we had to scramble. Both sides wanted to explore what the future would look like. We've been talking to them throughout the summer and came to an agreement."

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Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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