Stanford 2020 cricket and sports-media mogul IMG announce new partnership

Sir Allen Stanford, originator of the Stanford 20/20 Tournament and Chairman and CEO of Stanford Financial Group, today announced the next Stanford 20/20 Tournament will be distributed globally through a strategic agreement with world-renowned sports and media leader International Management Group (IMG).

Stanford 20/20?s agreement with the global sports marketing giant will facilitate international distribution of the Stanford 20/20 TV broadcast being produced by Century TV.

Stanford Financial Group works with IMG on other signature sports events the company sponsors including the Memphis PGA TOUR stop, the Stanford St. Jude Championship, and the Sony Ericsson Grand Slam tennis tournament. In addition, Stanford Financial Group works with IMG to manage its PGA TOUR player ambassador agreements with Vijay Singh and Camilo Villegas.

The international distribution of the Stanford 20/20 2008 Tournament to be undertaken by IMG will include major markets including North America, Europe and Asia.

?This will also introduce this sport to so many more who will quickly become engrossed in this fresh new version of cricket,? explained Peter Smith, Senior Vice President, IMG Media, Director, International Sales.

IMG is the world?s premier and most diversified sports, entertainment and media company and, as such, is an ideal partner for the Stanford 20/20 Tournament.

WICB President Dr. Julian Hunte hoped the further international coverage would motivate WI players to achieve higher levels of professionalism to regain and retain their place at the pinnacle of world cricket.

The television coverage of the inaugural Stanford 20/20 Tournament in 2006 was produced by Century TV. Century has a strong pedigree in sports production, in particular cricket and has recently provided the TV production for the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. Century is also the producer of the Stanford 20/20 Cricket Show currently being aired around the region.

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