PHILADELPHIA – Learfield announced today the appointment of Nic Valentino to general manager for Temple Sports Properties, its local team solely dedicated to representing Temple University Athletics.
Valentino, who has been serving as general manager for IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions’ business at Temple since May 2015, will transition into the new property management role on December 12. For more than a decade, his sales and management expertise has included serving primarily within the sports landscape. In his new position representing Temple Athletics, Valentino will oversee all aspects involving Learfield’s extensive multimedia rights and sponsorship relationship with the Owls including digital, signage, event marketing, corporate partnerships, and radio and television.
Prior to joining IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions, he was director of premium sales for Live Nation’s owned properties throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and before that, worked with the Philadelphia Soul first as manager of ticket sales to later senior manager of corporate partnerships. His previous experience also includes serving with the Philadelphia 76ers as a sales associate; Kansas City Chiefs as a VIP club level ticket sales representative and with Front-Row Marketing/Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J. as manager, corporate sales.
“Nic has been an exceptional leader for the ticket solutions business and I look forward to his continued productivity representing us as general manager of Temple Sports Properties,” said Temple Athletics Director of Athletics Dr. Pat Kraft. “Nic’s broad knowledge of the external areas of our department will allow us to integrate and maximize our overall partnership with Learfield to ultimately better serve our constituents.”
Temple not only is involved with Learfield in areas of athletics sponsorship and ticketing, but the university also is represented by Learfield Licensing Partners. Additionally, SIDEARM Sports is a Learfield company and the digital provider behind the official athletics website, www.owlsports.com. Another Learfield company, ANC, is responsible for the digital video displays in Temple’s Liacouras Center and Geasey Field.
“Nic is a tremendous asset to the Temple-Learfield partnership, and we are looking forward to his leadership of Temple Sports Properties,” said Learfield Senior Vice President Steve Gowan. “Athletic Director Pat Kraft and his administrative team are terrific partners, and we are grateful for their confidence and trust in Learfield with growing the Temple brand through our portfolio of resources.”
An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. In addition to Temple, it manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 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; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, a top-tier public research university, is experiencing incredible momentum that is powered by academic excellence and innovation in college access and affordability. Founded by Russell H. Conwell in 1884, Temple’s official motto—Perseverantia Vincit, or Perseverance Conquers—reflects its community’s drive to make a difference and turn opportunities into accomplishments. Temple is a vital institution in the Philadelphia region and across Pennsylvania, contributing billions toward the commonwealth’s economy each year. Temple’s influence also extends around the globe, with longstanding campuses in Tokyo and Rome; programs in London, Beijing and many other locations; nearly 160 academic cooperations in 48 countries; and more than 317,000 alumni worldwide.