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Some 2014 and beyond bowl info

Straight from the C-USA office … More to come, I’m certain (and there needs to

(Quickly, an announcement from the New Orleans Bowl.)


IRVING, Texas – Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced
today that the conference has secured future relationships with ESPN
Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, to participate in five
different bowl games over the next six years, securing three bowl
positions per season.

The agreements are with four ESPN owned and operated bowls: the Beef ‘O’
Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla., Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
in Fort Worth, Texas, Gildan New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque and the
Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl in Honolulu, as well as the Heart of Dallas Bowl
presented by PlainsCapital Bank.  These partnerships will include games
following the 2014-2019 seasons and C-USA will participate in three of
the five games each year.

“We are excited to announce new and extended bowl relationships with
ESPN as we continue to build our future bowl lineup,” Banowsky said.
“ESPN does a tremendous job of hosting bowl games in amazing
destinations and we are fortunate to have some great matchups in those
games until 2020.”

Conference USA will play a bowl game in North Texas each of the next six
years, playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl as well as the Bell
Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl over that period.  It will also participate
in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl and the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl three times
each over the six-year span.  C-USA will play in the Gildan New Mexico
Bowl on an annual basis for all six years.

In these bowls, Conference USA will have the opportunity to face
opponents from the ACC, American Athletic, Big 12, Big Ten and Mountain
West Conferences.

ESPN Regional Television <>  (ERT), a
subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates collegiate sporting events
worldwide, including two Labor Day Kickoff college football games; nine
college bowl games and eight college basketball events. These account
for approximately 200 hours of programming, reach almost 64 million
viewers and attract nearly half a million attendees each year. The owned
and operated events build relationships with conferences, schools and
local communities, as well as provide unique experiences for teams and

Additional future bowl partnerships for Conference USA will be announced
at a later date.