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University of Kentucky faculty group asks president to change the name of historic Rupp Arena

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A group at the University of Kentucky sent a letter to Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Thursday, asking the University of Kentucky to change the name of historic Rupp Arena. 
The faculty of African American and Africana Studies want the name to be changed as part of improving race relations on campus. The group also suggested several more recommendations on improving...

It’s now Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, milestone naming rights for legendary facility

Lexington Center Corporation announced a landmark naming rights agreement with Central Bank, rebranding Lexington-Central Kentucky’s premier convention, meeting, sports and entertainment complex as Central Bank Center. The iconic Rupp Arena will be Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. The agreement is between Central Bank and JMI Sports, and UK / LCC’s multimedia rights partner.  This agreement...

UK partners with Gen.G to maximize student success, build community through global gaming

As part of strategic efforts to leverage technology to maximize student success and build community, the University of Kentucky has announced a partnership with the global esports company Gen.G to build a first-of-its-kind global gaming and esports program. The collaboration is being jointly led by two UK offices: Student and Academic Life and Information Technology Services. A growing number of universities...

University of Kentucky athletics, Central Bank announce new $18.1 million contract extension

Central Bank, in collaboration with JMI Sports, has announced that the bank will extend its contract as the Official Bank of University of Kentucky Athletics. This expanded commitment to UK Athletics comes in the form of a contract extension until 2030 and will total $18.1 million. In addition to this designation, Central Bank has expanded its enduring relationships with the University, including...

Nissan announces major athletics sponsorship deal with 100 colleges, including Kentucky

Nissan has announced a historic deal to become an official sponsor of 100 colleges and universities nationwide, and a supporter of select NCAA Championships. The four-year agreement, which includes the University of Kentucky, marks the widest-reaching sponsorship in the history of collegiate sports. “This program gives Nissan an unmatched and unprecedented connection to college-sports fans,” said...

Former Major League Baseball executive Archey to head UK athletics marketing effort

Paul J. Archey, the Major League Baseball executive who oversaw MLB’s international growth and led the initiative to create the World Baseball Classic while the head of MLB International, is coming home to his roots to lead a new marketing effort at the University of Kentucky with its partner JMI Sports.   The university and JMI Sports recently announced a 15-year, $210 million multimedia rights...

Greenup native Stultz at the center of UK’s new lucrative media-marketing agreement

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department took about six months to decide that JMI Sports was the right fit for its valuable multi-media business, replacing long-time partner IMG College.   But in reality, it’s a decision that dates back to February 2012. That’s when JMI hired Kentucky native Tom Stultz, a former senior vice president and marketing director of Lexington-based...

Greenup native Stultz at the center of UK's new lucrative media-marketing agreement

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department took about six months to decide that JMI Sports was the right fit for its valuable multi-media business, replacing long-time partner IMG College.   But in reality, it’s a decision that dates back to February 2012. That’s when JMI hired Kentucky native Tom Stultz, a former senior vice president and marketing director of Lexington-based...

UK athletics agrees to historic $210 million contract for marketing rights with JMI Sports

In one of the most valuable partnerships of its kind in college athletics history, University of Kentucky officials announced Monday that JMI Sports has been awarded UK’s athletics and campus multimedia marketing rights with a 15-year, $210 million agreement.   “This partnership reflects the fact that the University of Kentucky is a national brand with the largest and most loyal fan base...