NAU Lumberjack Properties signs three-year deal with Lotus Communications  

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield IMG College’s NAU Lumberjack Sports Properties, are excited to announce a new broadcast relationship with Lotus Communications and ESPN Tucson KFFN-AM 1490/104.9 FM to air NAU football games for the next three seasons.

Lotus Communications-owned KFFN-AM/104.9 FM, an ESPN Radio affiliate, will carry all NAU football games for the next three years for the Lumberjack listening audience in the greater Tucson area.  KFFN-AM 1490/104.9 FM will begin coverage this month beginning with the 2019 season opener vs. Missouri State on Thursday, August 29 (6 p.m. MST).

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have a presence in Southern Arizona with Tucson’s leading sports station, and we appreciate Todd Wyard his team for solidifying what we believe will be a great partnership over the next several seasons,” NAU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Marlow said.

“We’re very excited to be carrying NAU football on ESPN Tucson for the next three years,” ESPN Tucson KFFN-AM 1490/104.9 FM general manager Ken Kwilosz said.  “There are plenty of Lumberjack alumni in Southern Arizona that will appreciate hearing the games broadcast live on our station, myself included.  As the popularity of the Big Sky Conference and FCS football continues to grow, we are pleased to be the ones bringing it to Southern Arizona.”

NAU Lumberjack Sports Properties is the Flagstaff-based team that works alongside the athletics administration. Learfield IMG College unlocks the value of college sports for brands and fans through an omnichannel platform. Its suite of services includes licensing and multimedia sponsorship management; publishing, broadcasting, digital and social media; ticket sales and professional concessions expertise; branding; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue technology systems. The company has long had the privilege of being an advocate for intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete experience. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.

“Providing a way for Lumberjack fans in the greater Tucson area to catch every moment of every football game is a big win and we’re excited to introduce this relationship with Lotus Communications,” said Wyard, general manager for NAU Lumberjack Sports Properties.

ESPN Tucson KFFN-AM 1490/104.9 FM joins the Lumberjack Radio Network for football, which also includes Flagstaff’s KAFF Country Legends 93.5 FM/930 AM, Phoenix’s NBC Sports KDUS 1060 AM and Prescott’s 97.9 FM Eagle Rocks.

A variety of NAU Football ticket packages are currently on sale for the 2019 season.  Fans can purchase tickets online at or by calling the Lumberjack Ticket Office at 928-523-0639.