8-21-13 Judge sets Aug. 26 hearing on WVU media contract

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A judge has scheduled the first hearing on West Virginia Radio Corp.’s lawsuit to stop West Virginia University from finalizing a 12-year contract for media rights to certain athletic events.

Judge Thomas Evans will hear motions Aug. 26 in Monongalia County Circuit Court. He took over the case after another judge was accused of a conflict of interest.

The network also wants the contract be rebid for a third time, with North Carolina-based IMG College and subcontractor West Virginia Media Holdings disbarred from the process.

WVU had to rebid the first contract after the attorney general found significant errors in how that deal was crafted. IMG won the second round last month.

WVU’s broadcasts were handled for decades by university-operated Mountaineer Sports Network. It works closely with West Virginia Radio.

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