State Attorney General to study West Virginia TV deal for conflicts

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University has enlisted State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to help review a process to sell the school's Tier 3 multimedia rights, which fell under scrutiny last month.

"West Virginia University has asked the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General to provide outside legal advice and assistance on its previously announced internal review of the Tier 3 media rights process," read a statement by the university.

West Virginia signed a tentative agreement with IMG College in January, a deal that would let IMG televise games not included in the program's Big 12 Conference and NCAA contracts.

The deal also would allow IMG to manage the Mountaineers' website and handle radio game play-by-play and coaches shows.

But the contract was put on hold for an internal review when concerns were raised by a local businessman about a conflict of interest of members of the university's board of governors, suspected of having ties to another company that could benefit from a partnership with IMG.

The statement went on to say the university will not speak publicly about the matter.

"As previously stated during this ongoing review, WVU has suspended the [request for proposal] process and will have no additional comment."

Morrisey's office also released a statement Tuesday:

"Through our engagement, we will help ensure that all applicable laws and regulations are being followed."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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