BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and its multimedia rightsholder, Learfield’s Ohio Valley Conference Sports Properties, proudly announce SERVPRO as the newest conference corporate sponsor. The three-year agreement designates the 56-year-old company as “The Official Restoration Services Partner of the OVC” and marks its first collaboration with a collegiate athletic conference.
In 1967, SERVPRO began as a painting business owned by Ted and Doris Isaacson in Sacramento, California. Within a short time, they leveraged their background in cleaning and restoration to grow their company by offering franchises in the cleanup and restoration industry. Today, there are nearly 2,200 franchises across the United States and Canada.
“We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey as the official restoration services sponsor of the Ohio Valley Conference,” said Mac Davenport, Owner of SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. “Partnering with the OVC offers an incredible opportunity for SERVPRO to elevate our brand presence and deeply engage with the conference’s passionate fanbase. We look forward to the innovative collaborations, community engagement, and shared success that this partnership promises and the opportunity to build lasting connections with the OVC, its fans, and its member institutions.”
Ohio Valley Conference Sports Properties, the locally based team of Learfield – the leading media and technology company powering college athletics – is dedicated to extending the OVC brand to businesses and corporations of all sizes looking to align with the undeniably loyal and passionate collegiate fan base. As the exclusive multimedia rights holder for the OVC, Ohio Valley Conference Sports Properties manages all aspects of the rights relationship, providing corporate partners diverse media opportunities with the OVC.
“We are excited to welcome SERVPRO as a valued partner of the Ohio Valley Conference,” stated Jon Kuka, General Manager of Ohio Valley Conference Sports Properties. “SERVPRO’s renowned commitment to reliability and service perfectly aligns with the values of the OVC, reflecting our mutual dedication to community engagement and excellence. We are thrilled to leverage this partnership to inspire our student-athletes to excel both on and off the field and empower them to make a meaningful impact in the communities we serve.”
For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, construction, mold mitigation, biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 2,200 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Learfield is a diversified and influential media and technology company powering college athletics. Through its digital and physical platforms, Learfield owns and leverages a deep data set and relationships in the industry to drive revenue, growth, brand awareness, and fan engagement for brands, sports, and entertainment properties. With ties to over 1,200 collegiate institutions and over 15,000 local and national brand partners, Learfield’s presence in college sports and live events delivers influence and maximizes reach to target audiences. With solutions for a 365-day, 24/7 fan experience, Learfield enables schools and brands to connect with fans through licensed merchandise, game ticketing, donor identification for athletic programs, exclusive custom content, innovative marketing initiatives, NIL solutions, and advanced digital platforms. Since 2008, it has served as title sponsor for the acclaimed Learfield Directors’ Cup, supporting athletic departments across all divisions.
About the Ohio Valley Conference
The Ohio Valley Conference was founded in 1948 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2022-23, making it the eighth-oldest Division I athletic conference. Over the years OVC teams have garnered national championships in football along with national team or individual titles in the sports of rifle, cross country, track and golf. In the 1950s the OVC became a pioneer when Morehead State became one of the first non-traditionally Black mid-southern institutions to accept an African American student. Soon after the passing of Title IX legislation, the OVC began formulating plans for women’s athletics, which began in 1977. The OVC has long been a national leader in sportsmanship and in 1995 implemented a first-of-its-kind Sportsmanship Statement, a policy that promotes principles of fair play, ethical conduct and respect for one’s opponent.
The Ohio Valley Conference sponsors 19 championship sports. The league consists of 11 member institutions in six states, including Eastern Illinois University, Lindenwood University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Morehead State University (charter member), Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Southern Indiana, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University, the University of Tennessee at Martin and Western Illinois University. For more information, visit www.OVCSports.com.