CARBONDALE, Ill. – Learfield Sports has appointed Randy Younker general manager for its Saluki Sports Properties’ entity, the exclusive multimedia rights holder for Southern Illinois University Athletics.

Younker boasts more than 20 years of professional sales and sports sponsorship experience. His related collegiate and professional sports experience includes serving as manager of corporate development for Learfield’s Penn State Sports Properties; as senior account executive for Gator IMG Sport Marketing at the University of Florida; as corporate Partnership Development Manager for the NBA’s Orlando Magic; and as vice president of sales for Youth Sports Marketing (Florida High School Athletic Association). Most recently, Younker spent one year as territory sales manager for Orthopaedic Resource in Orlando. Younker earned his undergraduate degree from IllinoisStateUniversity and his master’s in sports marketing from the University of Georgia.

“Randy brings invaluable experience to Saluki Sports Properties, and we’re pleased to have him here leading the team and working with Mario and the entire athletic administration,” said Learfield Sports’ Vice President Kelly Jensen.

In addition to Southern Illinois University, Learfield Sports manages multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations and titles the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The company’s multimedia rights encompass numerous content distribution platforms to deliver the passion of college athletics across radio, television and digital networks to fans globally. Its exclusive sports programming reaches more than 50 million television households nationally and delivers nearly 17,000 hours of radio programming on more than 1,100 radio stations. For more about Learfield’s comprehensive collegiate portfolio and 40-year history, visit