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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #292JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award InfoPublished Friday September 20, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: Sports Radio Chicago LLC (WMVP AM/ESPN 1000), Chicago, IL
Amount: An estimated $750,000
An estimated start date of 9/15/2013 through 9/14/2016, 36 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Wednesday September 4, 2013
The hearing was cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, August 19, 2013
The University awarded a contract for ESPN Radio to broadcast men's basketball games to Sports Radio Chicago LLC (WMVP AM/ESPN 1000), Chicago, IL, for an estimated $750,000.
ESPN Radio 1000 will provide 2-2 1/2 hours of air time to broadcast 14-20 live UIC men's basketball games on a 50,000 watt signal with an exclusively sports format. ESPN Radio 1000 will provide studio time and a producer to compile pre-taped broadcast needs and will provide a producer in studio to coordinate the broadcast and run commercials. Broadcasted UIC games will also be streamed on the ESPN web site at no extra cost. ESPN Radio 1000 will provide commercial time to UIC Athletics as well as promotional mentions during regular programming during the basketball season in a period running October through March. The UIC Flames will be the only local college basketball team broadcasting its play-by-play on ESPN Radio 1000 (Home of UIC Flames Basketball).
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the procurement is radio and television broadcast rights.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Shirley Webb

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

September 4, 2013
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
August 30, 2013
Register with:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
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Sole Source Justification Part 2
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