March 27, 2013 15:01 ET

IMG Media, LPGA Further Extend Existing Long-Term Relationship

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 27, 2013) - IMG Media is pleased to announce that it has extended it's already long relationship with the LPGA for a further term.

Beginning in 1996 and distributing to six countries in its first year of representation, today every event on the LPGA schedule is now seen in approximately 160 countries and in the majority of cases on a live basis. 

Peter Smith, Senior Vice President, Director of International Sales, IMG Media said, "The LPGA is truly the only global golf tour. Both the continuing growth of the schedule, domestically and internationally and the remarkable skills and personalities of such a widely geographic group of talented players are the real reasons for this tremendous growth and global visibility of the LPGA Tour. As a result, I have seen our relationship with the LPGA develop to be far more of a partnership than a simple client/agent representation."

LPGA Tour Commissioner, Michael Whan, added, "Global exposure for our players and tournaments helps to drive the success of the LPGA. We are happy to extend our partnership with IMG Media to ensure that our approachable and engaging athletes continue to be accessible on television across the world."

ABOUT the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world's leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing well over two-dozen different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women's golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe. At the same time, dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent groomed for competition on the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via:,,, and

IMG Media is the world's largest independent distributor of sports programming, distributing over 20,000 hours of content to major global broadcasters annually. This content originates from more than 200 clients and events including AELTC (Wimbledon), Tennis Australia (The Australian Open), TPL (ATP Masters 1000s), The R&A (The Open Championship), International Rugby Board (Rugby World Cup), Dorna (Moto GP), National Football League (NFL) and International Volleyball Federation (FIVB). IMG Media operates from over 30 offices worldwide and has daily exchanges with over 4,000 key media contacts. IMG Media distributes across all forms of media including TV, Audio, Fixed Media, Inflight and Closed Circuit, Broadband and Mobile. IMG Media also maintains the world's largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

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