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US Cellular Coliseum Hires New PR Director

October 12, 2006 - United Indoor Football Association (UIF) - Bloomington Extreme News Release

BLOOMINGTON - Bryan Bloodworth has been named the Director of Media/Public Relations for Central Illinois Arena Management, which oversees operation of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in downtown Bloomington , it was announced Thursday by Vice President and General Manager Jerry McBurney .

Bloodworth will be responsible for handling all media matters relating to the Coliseum, Bloomington Extreme indoor football team and Bloomington PrairieThunder ice hockey team. He also will serve as the primary liaison with the media relations departments of the United Indoor Football League and the United Hockey League.

Bloodworth, a 1979 graduate of Illinois State University in Mass Communications, has been the sports editor of the Bloomington Pantagraph the last 18 years and a member of the sports staff for 29 years. The Pantagraph sports department has won numerous awards under his leadership, including Illinois Press Association Sports Section of the Year in 2002.

"It's a new and exciting challenge that I am looking forward to'' said the 50-year-old Bloodworth. "It allows me to stay in the sports field and work closely with the many friends I have made and worked with in the media throughout Central Illinois for a number of years. "

Jerry McBurney, Vice President and General Manager of the Extreme and PrairieThunder, said Bloodworth brings instant credibility to the position.

"We're obviously thrilled to have someone as known in the community as Bryan joins us," McBurney said. "His expertise makes him the perfect fit to handle all of our media relations on behalf of the Extreme, the PrairieThunder and the Coliseum."

"Bryan's experience in sports journalism will be invaluable, especially to the Extreme and PrairieThunder. We feel very fortunate to have Bryan as a part of our organization," said McBurney.

Bloodworth, a native of Marshall (Ill.), resides in Normal with hid wife, Lisa. They are the parents of Cori (21), Blake (19) and Annie (17).

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