Mid-American Conference Selects Jostens to be Official Championship Ring Provider

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Conference member schools to work with Jostens to design championship rings to celebrate athletic achievements.

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) today announced that Jostens, the leading designer and producer of championship rings and trophies for collegiate champions, has been named the “Preferred Championship Ring Provider” of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. Under the two-year agreement, Jostens will work with conference member schools to help celebrate the conferences athletic champions with customized championship rings.

As the “Preferred Championship Ring Provider,” Jostens will work the MAC leadership and conference member schools to design and produce championship rings that help tell the story of the championship seasons and recognize players, coaches and institutions for athletic accomplishments. Master jewelers from Jostens will produce the MAC championship rings in Jostens’ fine jewelry facility in Denton, Texas.

“I am pleased to welcome Jostens to our family of corporate partners,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “Their support is helping to enhance the experience of more than 5,000 Mid-American Conference student-athletes.”

“Jostens is honored to have been selected by the Mid-American Conference to be the Preferred Championship Ring Provider to conference member schools,” said Chris Poitras, national director, College & Sports Sales and Marketing, Jostens. “We look forward to working with the MAC, its member schools and their championship teams to design rings that celebrate their significant accomplishments and symbolize their hard work, dedication and achievement.”

IMG College, the multimedia rights partner for the Mid-American Conference and the nation’s leading collegiate marketing agency, helped facilitate the agreement.

Jostens is the leading designer and producer of championship rings and trophies for collegiate sports champions and is the official designer and supplier of BCS National Championship rings for BCS National Championship. Jostens has created 30 of the 45 NFL Super Bowl rings, including the rings for the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl XLVII. Jostens has also created NBA Finals, NHL Stanley Cup and World Series championship rings. Jostens' Championship Ring collections can be viewed at http://www.jostens.com/sports/sports_lp_clg.html

About the Mid-American Conference
Founded in 1946, the Mid-American Conference is an NCAA Division I, 12-member conference that sponsors 23 championships and is one of ten members of the Football Bowl Subdivison (FBS). With total enrollment of nearly 300,000 students, the league represents institutions of higher learning in six (6) states - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. In addition a 13th school–University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.—is an affiliate member for football.

Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). The University of Massachusetts (2012) competes in the East Division in football only.

The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

About Jostens
Minneapolis-based Jostens is the leading provider of championship rings, trophies and other programs and services that help athletes, organizations and their fans celebrate and remember athletic accomplishments. The company’s products also include school yearbooks and other memory book products and scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products that help people tell their stories, celebrate important traditions and recognize achievements. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling and educational and trade publishing segments.

About IMG College
IMG College is the nation’s leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company, representing more than 200 of the nation’s top collegiate properties, including the NCAA and its 89 championships, NCAA Football, leading conferences and many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Headquartered in Winston Salem, N.C., IMG College connects brands with the largest and most demographically attractive fan base in sports through partnership opportunities in multimedia rights, sponsorship sales, licensing, marketing, ticketing, seating, fundraising, premium events and hospitality, stadium and arena development, and consulting. IMG College produces nearly 31,000 hours of radio programming on the largest sports network in the country, manages nearly 5,000 hours of local television programming, is the leading publisher of college sports publications and is the largest manager of university athletic websites. IMG College is a division of IMG Worldwide, a global sports, fashion and media business. For more information, please visit http://www.imgcollege.com.

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