IMG College Licensing and NCAA® partner to protect at the 2019 Men’s and Women’s Final Four Games®

Thursday, April 04, 2019

ATLANTA, Ga. (April 4, 2019) – As teams prepare for the upcoming NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four games this weekend, IMG College Licensing, in close coordination with the NCAA, is making preparations to clear the marketplace of potential counterfeit and unlicensed merchandise.
 
IMG College Licensing, the exclusive trademark licensing agent for the NCAA, as well as Auburn, Michigan State, and Texas Tech for the Men’s Final Four, and UConn and Baylor for the Women’s Final Four, will work closely with Minneapolis and Tampa Bay officials, law enforcement and private investigators to search for counterfeit merchandise and any other unauthorized use of trademarks owned by the NCAA and the participating institutions. All counterfeit merchandise is subject to seizure or surrender.
 
“While our primary goal is to protect the brand integrity of the NCAA and the participating institutions, we also want to protect the fans from purchasing unlicensed counterfeit merchandise that often is of inferior quality,” said Cory Moss, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of IMG College Licensing. “Our enforcement officials will be onsite to deter potential counterfeiters, and our team will also work to pursue online counterfeit efforts looking to capitalize on fans that can’t attend the game.”
 
“The NCAA is committed to providing the best experience possible for teams and fans in Minneapolis and Tampa Bay over Final Four weekend,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president for basketball. “We work with IMG College Licensing and host-city law enforcement teams at our championships to protect our fans and the NCAA brand, while providing a safe environment for all those who come to support their favorite teams and the student-athletes.”
 
When purchasing NCAA Final Four merchandise, consumers should look for the following identifiers to ensure the merchandise they purchase is officially licensed:
 
  • All merchandise should bear the name of the authorized licensee on the product, either in the form of a hangtag, a neck label, or screen-printed directly on the garment. 
  • All officially licensed merchandise should display the NCAA “Officially Licensed Product” hologram somewhere on the product or hangtag.
  • The merchandise should depict the NCAA and participating universities’ marks in a tasteful manner, consistent with the designs and school depictions approved by the NCAA and participating institutions. 
  • The tag on the garment should be intact. A torn or missing tag is evidence of a second-hand garment, one that probably would not meet the stringent quality standards put in place by the NCAA and the participating institutions. 
     
Royalties generated from the sale of officially licensed tournament products are returned to the NCAA and participating institutions to support scholarships and other vital programs and initiatives.

About the NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as official corporate partners: Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Indeed, Infiniti, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott International, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.
 
About IMG College Licensing
IMG College Licensing is part of Learfield IMG College, which unlocks the value of college sports for brands, fans and universities through representation of collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas. As a fully integrated sports marketing and solutions platform, Learfield IMG College provides access to licensing and multimedia sponsorship management, including publishing, radio, digital and social media; fan engagement, ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems.

 
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For more information, contact:
Tammy Purves, IMG College Licensing, 770-799-3275, tammy.purves@img.com
Gail Dent, NCAA, 317-917-6117  or gdent@ncaa.org