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Monday, 14 October 2013 09:57
CLEVELAND — The Mid-American Conference announced today the creation of a newly created bowl game in Nassau, Bahamas for a six-year period (2014-2019). The Bahamas Bowl will be played at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
The creation of the Bahamas Bowl is the second of a series of planned bowl announcements over the next several weeks and the centerpiece of a joint agreement between several FBS conferences.  The MAC will play the American Athletic Conference in the Bahamas Bowl in 2014 and Conference USA in 2015.
“The Mid-American Conference is proud to partner in the creation of the Bahamas Bowl beginning with the 2014 season and to feature the only bowl game outside of the United States,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference Commissioner.  “This will truly be a one-of-its-kind bowl experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans.  The Thomas A. Robinson Stadium will be a wonderful host venue and the accommodations with the Atlantis Resort will certainly be a destination to reward our football programs.”
The Bahamas Bowl, in addition to the Boca Raton Bowl which was announced last Friday and another bowl game that will be announced at a future date, will be supported by several FBS conferences on a six-year rotating basis.
With further announcements coming shortly, the MAC will have created two new primary appearances on an annual basis for the next six years.  Starting in the 2014 college football season, the MAC will have a minimum five guaranteed bowl opportunities.

MAC Primary Bowl Partners 2014-19:
2014 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West);
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. Conference USA);
Bahamas Bowl – (Nassau, Bahamas; vs.  American Athletic).

2015 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West);
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. American Athletic);
Bahamas Bowl – (Nassau, Bahamas; vs.  Conference USA).

2016 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West);
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Bahamas Bowl – (Nassau, Bahamas; vs.  American Athletic);
Bowl Game – TBA.

2017 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West);
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Bahamas Bowl – (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. Sun Belt);
Bowl Game – TBA.

2018 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West);
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. Conference USA);
Bowl Game – TBA.

2019 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West);
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt);
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.; vs. American Athletic);
Bowl Game – TBA.



Beginning in the 2014 bowl season, the Bahamas Bowl and the Boca Raton Bowl, along with another bowl game to be announced at a future date, will become a rotation for two MAC bowl appearances as the fourth and fifth primary bowl partners for the Conference.  The MAC has long-term primary contracts with the Go Daddy Bowl (based in Mobile, Ala.) through the 2017 season and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (based in Boise, Ida.) and newly created Camellia Bowl (based in Montgomery, Ala.) through the 2019 season.
Late last week, the MAC also announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be owned and operated by ESPN.  The Boca Raton Bowl will be a pre-Christmas bowl game and will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2.  The Boca Raton Bowl will be played at FAU Stadium, an open-air stadium opened in 2011 which seats nearly 30,000 fans on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.
Also earlier this summer, the MAC announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be based in Montgomery, Alabama, owned and operated by ESPN.  The Camellia Bowl will feature a MAC bowl eligible football program to face a member of the Sun Belt Conference for the next six consecutive football seasons (2014-2019) in a pre-Christmas game televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.


Quotes from around the Mid-American Conference:
Western Michigan University, President, Dr. John M. Dunn, MAC Council of Presidents:
“We’re delighted at this expansion of opportunity for our student athletes, alumni and fans. This influx of new bowl locations, new agreements with other FBS conferences and expanded broadcast opportunities keeps the MAC vibrant and continues the growth and profile enhancement we’ve seen under Commissioner Steinbrecher.”

University of Toledo, President, Dr. Lloyd Jacobs:
“It’s exciting to see the Mid-American Conference expand its reach and influence beyond U.S. borders. Universities comprising the MAC represent some of the best in the nation and the Bahamas Bowl will provide an outstanding opportunity to demonstrate that fact.”

Central Michigan University, Director of Athletics, Dave Heeke:
“This will be a unique and exciting experience for our student-athletes and fans. A bowl like this provides a destination for student-athletes that they might not otherwise have the chance to visit, providing memories for a lifetime. The timing of the bowl also gives fans an opportunity for a short vacation prior to the busy Holiday season.”

University of Toledo, Director of Athletics, Michael O’Brien:
“The partnership with the Bahamas Bowl provides a unique opportunity for the Mid-American Conference. With its Caribbean location and reputation as an attractive tourist site, the Bahamas Bowl has the potential to be a fantastic bowl experience for our student-athletes and fans.”

Kent State University, Director of Athletics, Joel Nielsen:
“I’d like to recognize the outstanding work by Commissioner Steinbrecher and the MAC staff on securing these two new bowl opportunities.  Our coaches and student-athletes are excited about the locations, plus South Florida and the Bahamas are great destinations for our fan base.”

Ohio University, Head Football Coach, Frank Solich:
“Our commissioner, Jon Steinbrecher, and the conference office have done a great job in putting together a bowl package of sites for the players and fans of the Mid-American Conference. This is a tremendous addition for the Mid-American Conference in terms of recruiting and excitement level as we continue to raise the league’s overall postseason platform. I hope our fans share in our excitement regarding this announcement.”

Northern Illinois University, Head Football Coach, Rod Carey
“I am really excited about the opportunity the MAC has to send a team to the Bahamas for the Bahamas Bowl.  What a great treat for any team, its players and fans, to go play a bowl game in the islands.  This is exciting news for all the teams in the league.”

Ball State University, Head Football Coach, Pete Lembo:
“We appreciate the ongoing efforts of Dr. Steinbrecher and the Mid-American Conference office to solidify additional bowl agreements for our teams. This new Bahamas Bowl game will provide a great opportunity for a top MAC team to play in a destination that will be very attractive for the fan base. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Mid-American Conference.”

Bowling Green State University, Head Football Coach, Dave Clawson:
“We are appreciative of the efforts of the MAC to secure more bowl opportunities for our member schools.  The level of play has improved a great deal in my time at Bowling Green and it is exciting to see that more teams will be rewarded with guaranteed opportunities to have a bowl experience.’’
 

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