Northern Arizona University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield IMG College's NAU Lumberjack Sports Properties, announced a new broadcast relationship with Lotus Communications and ESPN Tucson KFFN-AM 1490/104.9 FM to air Lumberjacks football games for the next three seasons.
Lotus Communications-owned KFFN-AM, an ESPN Radio affiliate, will carry all Northern Arizona football games for the listening audience in the greater Tucson area and will begin coverage this month beginning with the 2019 season opener versus Missouri State on Thursday, Aug. 29.
"We couldn't be more pleased to have a presence in southern Arizona with Tucson's leading sports station, and we appreciate Todd Wyard and his team for solidifying what we believe will be a great partnership over the next several seasons," Northern Arizona University Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow said.
"We're very excited to be carrying NAU football on ESPN Tucson for the next three years," ESPN Tucson KFFN-AM 1490/104.9 FM general manager Ken Kwilosz said. "There are plenty of Lumberjack alumni in southern Arizona that will appreciate hearing the games broadcast live on our station, myself included. As the popularity of the Big Sky Conference and FCS football continues to grow, we are pleased to be the ones bringing it to Southern Arizona."
NAU Lumberjack Sports Properties is the Flagstaff-based team that works alongside the athletics administration. Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform. Its suite of services includes licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, broadcasting, digital and social media; ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. The company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete experience. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.
"Providing a way for Lumberjack fans in the greater Tucson area to catch every moment of every football game is a big win and we're excited to introduce this relationship with Lotus Communications," said Wyard, general manager for NAU Lumberjack Sports Properties.
KFFN-AM joins the Lumberjack Radio Network for football that also includes Flagstaff's KAFF Country Legends 93.5 FM/930 AM, Phoenix's NBC Sports KDUS 1060 AM and Prescott's Fun Oldies 97.9.