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09/19/2007 1:41 PM ET
Cleveland Indians and IMG partner in ballpark naming rights search
Companies seek national, regional or local naming rights partner for Jacobs Field
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced a partnership with IMG to search nationally, regionally and locally for a naming rights partner for Jacobs Field.

The Cleveland Indians are in search of a partner to name the ballpark that has greeted more than 36 million fans through the turnstiles since it first opened in 1994.

When the ballpark opened, Indians owner, Richard E. Jacobs, purchased the naming rights of "Jacobs Field" for a 13-year term, which expired at the conclusion of the 2006 season. At present, the name Jacobs Field remains while the Indians organization actively pursues a new naming rights partner.

To help with the search, the Indians have partnered with sports, entertainment and media firm IMG. IMG partners with the world's leading marketers and media networks to help grow their businesses through event properties, media production and distribution, talent brands, sponsorship consulting, brand licensing, sponsorship sales and other services.

"Selecting IMG was an easy decision for us as we seek a naming rights partner for our ballpark," said Cleveland Indians President Paul Dolan. "IMG will allow us the opportunity not only to partner with another home-town team, but also expand our naming rights search due to the stature and credibility IMG has earned nationally and worldwide in the sports and entertainment business industry."

Andy Pierce, IMG's Senior Corporate Vice President, Managing Director Consulting, added: "With our long ties to the Cleveland area, IMG is looking forward to working side-by-side with the Indians organization to identify and secure a naming rights partner for Jacobs Field that will not only benefit the entire Cleveland and northeast Ohio community, but further grow the team's success as one of baseball's most-recognized brands."

About IMG
IMG is the world's premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise.

Operating in 30 countries, IMG's diverse businesses include: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports. IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

IMG's media and entertainment operations include content production subsidiaries Darlow Smithson Productions, Tiger Aspect Productions and Tigress. Globally, IMG produces and distributes more than 11,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual and children's content annually. IMG also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com .

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