MARMOT BOCA RATON BOWL ENHANCES AGREEMENT WITH ORANGE BOWL FOR ITS SECOND YEAR

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 13, 2015) – The Marmot Boca Raton Bowl and Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) will join forces for a second year in which the OBC will expand its operational and media relations assistance and now provide ticket sales and operations support.

“Our team is excited to continue and enhance our collaboration efforts this year,” said Marmot Boca Raton Bowl Executive Director Doug Mosley “The Boca Raton Bowl was able to benefit greatly in its inaugural year from this relationship and the Orange Bowl Committee’s more than 80 year history in the South Florida community.”

The OBC is now spearheading ticket sales and operations for the game which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton and will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. The organization will also take on additional operational responsibilities for bowl events leading up to the game as well as game day operations. Media relations and media operations efforts will now be entirely conducted and managed by the OBC with support from the Marmot Boca Bowl and ESPN communications staff.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue our affiliation with the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl and lend our resources and expertise in order to make the second year even better than the first,” said OBC CEO Eric Poms. “We will continue to strive toward establishing this as a must-see sporting event in South Florida.”

The inaugural Boca Raton Bowl, announced by ESPN in October 2013, was held on Dec. 23, 2014. It was the only bowl game other than the College Football Playoff Semifinals and Championship to feature a matchup of two conference champions, when Conference USA (C-USA) champion Marshall defeated Mid-American (MAC) champion Northern Illinois 52-23. In an agreement with the American Athletic Conference (AAC), C-USA and MAC, a team from each conference will make four appearances over the initial six years, with the MAC and the AAC squaring off this year.

For more than 80 years, the Orange Bowl Committee has been one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations, driving tourism and economic development, while supporting scholarships and community athletic facilities. Inspiring thousands of student athletes every year, the OBC’s activities help foster youth confidence, celebrate student achievement, engage the community and enhance the South Florida economy.

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football

AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic Presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (Hartford/Storrs, Conn.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (Chicago)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.

About the Orange Bowl Committee

The Orange Bowl is a 363-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2015. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2015-16 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to www.orangebowl.org. Follow Orange Bowl: @OrangeBowl, Facebook and Instagram.

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ESPN Media Contact: Rachel Margolis Siegal at 860-766-2798 or rachel.m.siegal@espn.com

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl/Orange Bowl Media Contact: Rachel Rodriguez at media@thebocabowl.com or 305-341-4785