May 23, 2019Press Release
14TH ANNUAL ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TEXAS BOWL SET FOR PRIME TIME ON DECEMBER 27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 23, 2019
HOUSTON – The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 27, at 5:45 p.m. CT from NRG Stadium in Houston. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio, with a local radio broadcast on SportsRadio 610 (KILT-AM). The 14th edition of the event will once again feature a matchup of Big 12 and SEC schools as it has since 2014.
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is the fifth most attended Bowl game in the country and most attended non-New Year’s Six game since 2014, trailing only the Rose, Peach, Cotton and Sugar Bowls. The Texas Bowl and its sister event, the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff, have grown to become two of the most popular annual college football games in the country, combining to create an economic impact of close to $100 million annually for the city of Houston while raising nearly $1.6 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, Houston’s oldest children’s charity and the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.
Last year, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl featured the Baylor Bears and the Vanderbilt Commodores, marking the fifth year of the Bowl’s affiliation with the Big 12 and the SEC. In a hard fought game, Baylor and Vanderbilt shattered a Texas Bowl record with a combined 1,241 total yards, surpassing the previous record of 1,037 yards set by LSU and Texas Tech in 2015. With a victory over the Commodores 45-38, Baylor QB Charlie Brewer set another record with 384 passing yards and two touchdowns. Brewer also rushed 16 times for 109 yards and was named the 2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl MVP.
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is one of 15 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. For more on the event including ticket information, visit http://www.academytexasbowl.com/.
About the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Texas Bowl showcases teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences. The Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first 13 years as it is the fifth most-attended bowl in the country since 2014. The bowl generates nearly $50 million annually for the Houston economy and has donated nearly $1.6 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.
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