LEARFIELD ACQUIRES GOVISION
Company Adds Best-in-Class Mobile, Modular LED Display Firm
PLANO, Texas – Learfield has taken another step to expand its range of services to sports and entertainment partners with the acquisition of GoVision – a leading provider of state-of-the-art mobile and modular LED video technology to many of the country’s major sports, concerts, and racing events. Today’s announcement was made jointly by Learfield President and CEO Greg Brown and GoVision Founder and CEO Chris Curtis.
“GoVision is a terrific company with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Brown. “The services and equipment they provide help bring events to life and it will be a fantastic addition to capabilities we can provide our partners.”
The transaction, the terms of which are confidential, takes effect immediately. The company will continue to operate under the GoVision name and brand, and all current employees will remain with the firm. Curtis will report to Learfield COO Marc Jenkins.
“We have long admired the relationships Learfield has cultivated throughout college athletics and in the business community,” said Curtis. “This is a great day for GoVision and our employees and customers. With Learfield’s help, we will be well-positioned to greatly expand the award-winning services we provide our clients, delivering unrivaled experiences.”
Notably, GoVision recently completed a breath-taking installation of the world’s largest outdoor, permanent, center-hung digital display, dubbed “Colossus,” for Panasonic and the Bristol Motor Speedway, site of college football’s September 10 Pilot-Flying J Battle at Bristol featuring Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Argyle, Texas-based GoVision was founded in 2002 and has evolved into a premier, full-service provider of large-scale LED video displays and related services, including production, creative content, custom design, fabrication and installation. Its cutting-edge technologies and services currently are being integrated into nearly 1,000 major sporting events, concerts, festivals and corporate events around the world.
“Many of our schools and other partners organize and stage huge events every week and our new association with GoVision will equip us and our clients with the ability to add excitement and new entertainment capabilities to these incredible games and events,” noted Jenkins.
Glaucon Capital Partners acted as GoVision’s financial advisor for the transaction.
An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for 125 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.
GoVision L.P. (jumbo.tv) is a premier provider of large-scale LED video displays and related services specializing in state-of-the-art mobile and modular LED technology, closed circuit TV, creative/content services, custom design, fabrication and installation. Our full-service LED solutions span from the most complex modular configurations, custom built to any size, to North America’s largest fleet of turnkey mobile units. GoVision prides itself on delivering “More Ways to Get Noticed” through exceptional customer service, innovative design and a relentless pursuit of perfection in the unpredictable event business. GoVision has provided broadcast and production support for countless national events, including the 55th (Bush), 56th and 57th (Obama) Presidential Inaugurations, the 2015 Papal Visit, Major League Baseball and NBA All Star Games, NCAA Final Fours, the 2012 Ryder Cup and U.S. Open Championships and the 100th Anniversary Scouting Jamboree. It is the screen provider of AT&T Stadium Plaza, Bristol Motor Speedway, TCU, several college football programs and PGA tournaments. GoVision is based in Argyle, Texas, with offices in Los Angeles and Napa, California, and Portland, Oregon.