CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Newly disclosed documents show the radio network trying to block IMG College from finalizing its contract for media rights to some West Virginia University sports events offered the school less than $6 million in profits over the first 10 years.
That's compared with the more than $78 million that North Carolina-based IMG promised in the same period.
The Charleston Daily Mail obtained the numbers through a Freedom of Information Act request. The documents show West Virginia Radio Corp. projected WVU would reap $5.7 million over 10 years.
It's now suing in Monongalia Circuit Court, asking a judge to block the deal and reset the clock to June as it tries to salvage broadcasting work it had for 70 years. WVU has declined comment on the litigation.
In all, IMG's deal guarantees WVU at least $86.5 million over the life of the 12-year contract.
It was the second time IMG prevailed in the bidding. WVU was forced to rebid after Attorney General Patrick Morrisey found "significant errors and sloppiness" in how the first deal was crafted.
West Virginia Radio is co-owned by brothers John and David Raese. It works closely with the university-operated Mountaineer Sports Network, which has long handled WVU broadcasts.