The list of interested companies is not final and could expand or shrink before July 2, the deadline for bidders to submit pre-qualification statements. One company asked how to notify WVU of the problems it has with the pre-qualification statements.
WVU's RFP specifically states the selected firm will "create and develop your own distribution plan for broadcast, distribution, and promotion of the radio and television programming, corporate sponsorships, signage, Internet advertising, game program sales, and related promotions and broadcasts currently being provided by and or coordinated with WVU."
The companies will now decide if they want to move forward in the process, or if it's too much of an undertaking. Upon receiving the pre-qualification statements, WVU will evaluate the submissions and then notify the applicants by July 17 if they are qualified and welcome to proceed.
WVU is maintaining some secrecy about how it will evaluate offers. The university acknowledged it would use a weighted system to make its final decision, meaning it will give more value to certain elements in a proposal. WVU declined to reveal how it will weight the criteria listed in the RFP.
In addition to representatives from the companies, the call featured WVU's Tim Bostonia, Associate Director of the Department of Purchasing, Contracts, and Payment Services, and Athletic Director Oliver Luck, plus Rockbridge Sports group, the Virginia-based media rights company Luck contracted to assist with creating the RFP.
The Rockbridge owners are former managers at CBS Collegiate Sports Properties and worked on college sponsorship and media rights deals with Virginia, Maryland, Utah and LSU.
Luck and Bostonia declined to comment, citing the mutual desire of all parties involved to maintain privacy in the process - and confidentiality and non-disclosure were topics on the call.
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