UNO Athletics and Aspire Grow Partnership with Sponsorship Support

July 21, 2021

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ATLANTA, GA – The University of New Orleans Athletics Department (UNO) and The Aspire Group (Aspire) have agreed to an expanded scope of work, with Aspire now managing sponsorship sales and activations for the Privateers.

Aspire will retain its responsibilities selling new and renewed athletic tickets, soliciting ticket-related donations, and generating stand-alone Privateer Scholarship Foundation gifts for UNO. Aspire’s Strategic Consulting & Research department will also be assisting UNO with fan research across their existing and prospective basketball ticket buyer base.

“We’re extremely excited to expand our relationship with Aspire to now include sponsorship sales,” said Steve Stroud, Deputy Athletic Director/Chief Development & Revenue Officer. “We enjoyed a terrific first year with Aspire focusing on ticket sales under the leadership of Senior Director of Sales and Service Vince Granito. We look forward to similar successes in regard to sponsorship sales and cannot wait to add a new staff member to #NOLAsTeam!”

“The Aspire Group is thrilled at the opportunity to enhance our partnership with UNO under the strong leadership of Tim Duncan to handle collegiate sponsorship sales. We look forward to many more years of successful growth across a variety of revenue streams,” stated Tony Garrett, Senior Vice President of Fan Relationship Management and DEI for The Aspire Group.

UNO joins the Morgan State Bears as new sponsorship sales partners for The Aspire Group in 2021.

About University of New Orleans Athletics

Opened in 1958 and located in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana, UNO sponsors 14 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the Southland Conference. The Privateers men’s basketball team competed in the NCAA tournament five times and NIT six times, and the women’s basketball team appeared in the NCAA tournament once, and WNIT twice with a 1983 WNIT title. The baseball team also appeared in two College World Series’ and has produced 91 MLB Draft Picks.

For more information about the University of New Orleans Athletics Department visit their website here.

About The Aspire Group

The Aspire Group is an award-winning sports and entertainment marketing firm that is globally recognized for innovative consulting, research, and ticket sales services. Aspire created the outsourced ticket sales niche, revolutionizing intercollegiate athletics with the first Fan Relationship Management Center (FRMC) at Georgia Tech in 2009. Over the past twelve years, more than 280 collegiate and professional sports properties have trusted Aspire to drive revenue, attendance, and enterprise-value growth through the combination of marketing, strategic consulting, and research services and best-in-industry fan relationship management.

For more information about The Aspire Group visit: here and follow us on Twitter @theaspire_group

For inquiries and more information on how Aspire can provide support to your Athletic Department, contact A.J. Smith at 404-389-9100 or

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