NCAA Licenses 32 Postseason Bowls for 2007-08

April 19, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO - The NCAA Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee this week reviewed 32 applications and licensed 32 bowl games for the 2007-08 season.

Existing bowls that have been licensed for 2007-08 include: Alamo, Allstate Sugar, AT&T Cotton, AutoZone Liberty, BCS National Championship, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces, Brut Sun, Capital One, Champs Sports, Chick-fil-A, Emerald, Fed Ex Orange, Gator, Gaylord Hotels Music City, GMAC, Humanitarian, Insight, International, Meineke Car Care, Motor City, New Mexico, Outback, Pacific Life Holiday,, PetroSun Independence, Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas, R+L Carriers New Orleans, Rose, San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia, Sheraton Hawaii, Texas and Tostitos Fiesta.

The subcommittee based the total number of bowls on historical data regarding the number of teams that are typically bowl eligible and the licensing criteria used each year to assess the qualifications of the bowl candidates. These same 32 bowls had licenses to conduct bowl games last year.

'The subcommittee is pleased to license all 32 bowls that took place last year,' said Jeff Hathaway, director of athletics at the University of Connecticut and acting chair of the NCAA Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee. 'It shows the good work and management that these bowl organizers have done to create a positive experience for the student-athletes.'

As part of its meeting in San Francisco, the subcommittee also reviewed bowl revenues and distributions from the 2006-07 postseason.

In reviewing the 2006-07 bowl season, the subcommittee said that approximately $217.6 million in bowl revenue was distributed to participating teams and conferences, and about 1.6 million fans attended the bowl games. Approximately 6,000 student-athletes experienced the postseason football bowl games.

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