Big Ten re-ups with Capital One Bowl, Outback Bowl

The Big Ten has shaken up its bowl lineup some this offseason, but the conference announced on Friday that it is maintaining its relationships with the Capital One and Outback Bowls, signing contracts with both through 2020. Its releases follow.

Capital One Bowl Extends Agreement With Big Ten Conference
Conference’s second-longest bowl agreement extended through 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan, President Tony Massey and Big Ten Conference Commissioner James E. Delany announced an extended partnership agreement for Orlando’s Capital One Bowl, maintaining the game’s traditional relationship through the 2019-20 season.

Under the extended agreement, the New Year’s Day Classic will select an eligible Big Ten team immediately after the conference’s participants in the Rose Bowl and/or College Football Playoff are identified when the new system takes effect in the 2014-15 campaign.

“One of college football’s great traditions resides here in Central Florida,” said Florida Citrus Sports President Tony Massey. “To extend our agreement with a conference so rich in history and maintain a New Year’s Day timeslot continues a proud tradition that we started back on January 1, 1947.”

The bowl first entered into an agreement with the Big Ten for the 1992-93 season making it the conference’s second-longest bowl agreement behind only the Rose Bowl.

“We are excited to announce an extension with the Capital One Bowl, ensuring that Big Ten teams will continue to enjoy the great city of Orlando,” Delany said. “Over the years, the people of Orlando have welcomed Big Ten fans with open arms, whether travelling from across the country or among the many alumni in Central Florida. The return of the Capital One Bowl adds to a national bowl lineup and will give conference student-athletes another invaluable postseason opportunity.”

The Capital One Bowl continues its premiere New Year’s Day television slot at 1:00 p.m. on ABC. The 2015 edition of the game, the first under the extended contract, will also be played in a reconstructed Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

As part of the Big Ten’s agreement with the Discover Orange Bowl, when a Big Ten team is selected to play in South Florida, the bowl will have the top non-playoff selection among ACC teams, inclusive of Notre Dame, to appear in the Capital One Bowl.

The 2014 Capital One Bowl will be played on January 1, 2014. Priority seating is available through Florida Citrus Sports membership packages. For more information, visit www.FloridaCitrusSports.com or call 407.423.2476.
OUTBACK BOWL EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH BIG TEN CONFERENCE THROUGH 2020 BOWL

TAMPA,FL — Outback Bowl officials have announced an agreement to extend the contract with the Big Ten Conference six additional years through the 2019 college football season. The agreement extends a 20-year relationship with the conference to play in Tampa on New Year’s Day at Raymond James Stadium.

“After celebrating a 20th straight appearance in the city of Tampa last New Year’s Day, we are happy to announce that Big Ten teams will continue to take part in the Outback Bowl through the 2019 season,” Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany said. “Since the Big Ten made its first appearance at the bowl in 1988, nine different conference schools have had the opportunity to take the field in Tampa, and this bowl will continue to be a wonderful and rewarding postseason destination for student-athletes and fans. With a premier NFL facility in Raymond James Stadium and a large alumni base in the state of Florida, we think the Outback Bowl is another terrific addition to a national schedule of bowl competition.”

“We are proud and thrilled to extend our relationship with the Big Ten for six additional years,” noted Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay.  “The Big Ten and Outback Bowl are a perfect fit.  We love the teams, bands, fans and the tradition and history of the conference.  We appreciate our wonderful relationship with Commissioner Delany, the school presidents and Big Ten Athletic Directors.  They are great partners.”

The Outback Bowl has hosted a Big Ten team in its game the past 20 years and 24 times in its 27-year history.

The 2014 Outback Bowl will kickoff at 1 P.M. on January 1st.  Special priority seating Membership packages can be purchased directly through the Outback Bowl office by calling (813) 874-BOWL.  Non-membership tickets will go on sale through Ticketmaster in September.  For more information go to www.outbackbowl.com

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  1. Idiotic. Bowl games actually lose money for most schools. Just beat conf. teams on a regular basis.

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