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Texas Bowl Adds SEC, Moves Up In Big 12
New Conference Affiliation To Begin in 2014
Texas Bowl Announces 2014-2020 Conference Affiliation
The Big 12 and the SEC will square off at Reliant Stadium in starting in December 2014. The SEC selection will give the Texas Bowl the ability to showcase two of the country’s premier conferences against one another for the next six years.
The Texas Bowl will be part of a selection pool that takes place after teams are chosen for the College Football Playoff and the Capital One Bowl. Conferences will make assignments for pool bowls upon consultation with member institutions. The Belk Bowl, Gator Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Music City Bowl, and the Outback Bowl are the other games with an SEC pool selection. The addition of the SEC ensures that the conference will continue to have a major bowl presence in Texas.
“The SEC is pleased to welcome the Texas Bowl to our post-season lineup,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “I’m glad we can take SEC football into the state of Texas in the post-season on an annual basis for an attractive matchup with a Big 12 opponent. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the Texas Bowl.”
“We are proud and excited to welcome the SEC to the Texas Bowl,” said Jamey Rootes, president of the Houston Texans. “Today represents another important milestone in our quest to make the Texas Bowl an elite college football event which is a source of pride for the city of Houston and a cherished annual tradition for football fans across the region.”
Big 12 and SEC conference members have produced a combined 29 Associated Press national champions and 28 Heisman Trophy winners. Nine of the past 15 Heisman Trophy winners have come out of one of those two conferences.
The Texas Bowl also moved up in the selection order among Big 12 affiliated bowls. Beginning in 2014, the Texas Bowl will hold the fourth selection after the playoff seeds are announced. The Texas Bowl has been affiliated with the Big 12 since the bowl’s inception in 2006.
“The Big 12 values its presence in the Houston area and the role it has played in the growth of the Texas Bowl,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “We are excited to continue our relationship with Lone Star Sports & Entertainment, the Houston Texans, and ESPN Regional Television in the management of this event.”
The Big 12 placed 90 percent of its teams in 2012 postseason bowl games to set a record for the highest percentage in college football history.
The 2013 Texas Bowl will be played on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Reliant Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT. Fans who attend the 2013 Texas Bowl will receive first priority to secure seats for the 2014 game and beyond.
The Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first seven years. The bowl has generated an average of $30 million per year for the Houston economy. The bowl boasts over 15,000 season ticket holders and sold over 30,000 tickets before its teams were announced last year.
Over its seven-year history, the Texas Bowl has donated over $600,000 and over $12 million in promotional support and publicity to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.
Last year, fans saw Texas Tech defeat Minnesota, 34-31. D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards late in the fourth quarter and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech the comeback victory.
The inaugural Texas Bowl was played on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 at Reliant Stadium. Rutgers defeated Kansas State, 37-10, before a crowd of 52,210, the largest crowd to witness a bowl game in Houston not involving a Texas team since 1972.
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ESPN Regional Television
ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates collegiate sporting events worldwide, including two Labor Day Kickoff college football games; seven 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 fans. In addition to event ownership, ERT manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
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About Lone Star Sports & Entertainment
Lone Star Sports & Entertainment (LSSE) is an independent event management company which is closely affiliated with the NFL’s Houston Texans. Since being founded in 2003, LSSE has established itself as the leading sports event promoter in Houston. In addition to the Texas Bowl, LSSE has emerged as a premier promoter for international soccer matches, including the 2010 MLS All-Star Game featuring Manchester United, the 2006 FC Barcelona U.S. tour, 2003 and 2008 matches between the United States and Mexico, and the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cups. LSSE has also reinvigorated the “Battle of the Piney Woods” rivalry between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State and has promoted a pair of major concerts featuring country superstars George Strait and Kenny Chesney.