My hunch: Expect an expedited process - think weeks, not months - with the same winning bidder and similar winning bid.
Morrisey doesn't outline specifics of the deal with IMG, but Finding No. 2 indicates that "based upon the proposals and identified criteria, the record supports the University's decision to invite IMG College to engage in negotiations for a contract."
The report stated there is "clear factual support" in the basis for selecting IMG College, and the review focused on whether the selected proposal was "substantively inferior to the other proposals based on the criteria in the RFP."
The Daily Mail reported Jan. 24 that the deal between WVU and IMG College could be worth as much as $110 million over 12 years. Unless another bidder wants to challenge that lofty agreement, WVU could re-select IMG and modify the original deal.
IMG, after all, will lose time because of the review process (negotiations were suspended Feb. 20 and IMG would've originally taken over July 1). The first year of a restructured deal could - and should - be prorated to reflect those missed opportunities. The same applies to any other prospective bidder.
WVU's media rights are so coveted because it's rare for an athletics program to hit the open market.
Tim Pernetti, formerly the Rutgers athletic director, ended the school's 13-year partnership with Nelligan Sports the week before he resigned from his post earlier this month. In the multimedia rights world there are two industry giants: Learfield and IMG. It is the industry's version of Coke versus Pepsi, and it is anticipated IMG and Learfield will be frontrunners to handle Rutgers' radio and television rights. They'll bid aggressively, too, because opportunities to land a power conference school are few and far between.
That weighs more heavily in WVU's favor going forward than significant errors and sloppiness going through a first-time - and now, we know, unnecessary - process. The parties involved can clean up Morrisey's uncovered miscues and eliminate perceived improprieties. Morrisey believes all errors can be remedied through the re-bid.
In a release, WVU President Jim Clements said: "It is clear from this report that mistakes were made in the procurement process, and we will take proactive steps to fix them.
"Starting over is the right thing to do."
This time, the wrongs shouldn't follow.
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