Forty Postseason Games Make Up 2018-2019 Football Bowl Association Schedule

The 2018-19 Football Bowl Association schedule will once again this season number 40 contests, to be played in a span of 17 days and televised nationwide via five different carriers.  Wright Waters, FBA Executive Director, made the announcement.

The FBA schedule begins with the Celebration Bowl from Atlanta on Saturday, December 15.  The Celebration Bowl features the champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference against the Southwest Athletic Conference.  It is part of a 5-game opening set that includes the New Mexico Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl, Raycom Media Camellia Bowl and Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl.

Nine of the 24 days will include more than one game being played, beginning December 15, then again on the following Saturday, December 22.  Bowl telecasts resume Wednesday, December 26 with multiple-game programming running through the 31st.

ESPN and its family of networks [ESPN2, ABC] will televise 35 total games.  FOX Sports and CBS Sports Network each have two and CBS Sports one.  That is the Hyundai Sun Bowl, televised by CBS for the past 50 years.

The postseason comes to a crowning conclusion on Monday, January 7 with the College Football Playoff National Championship game from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

The 2018-2019 FBA Schedule:

2017-18 Report: Amazing College Football Popularity Highlighted by Impressive Ratings and Attendance Data

IRVING, Texas (May 15, 2018) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame highlighted today numerous powerful facts from the 2017 college football season that emphasize the strong popularity of college football among millions of fans across the country, including the 56 percent of U.S. adults who cited themselves in a Gallup Poll as college football fans, a two percent increase from 2011 and more than professional baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer. Additionally, excluding the combined numbers for Olympic Sports, college football ranks second in core fans behind only the NFL, and the sport’s fan base grew by 1.4 million people in 2017, according to media outlets.

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2018 Hawai‘i Bowl To Be Played On December 22

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Bowl has announced that the 2018 bowl game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 22, outside of its traditional Christmas Eve timeslot for the first time since 2007 and fourth time in bowl history. Kick-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. HT at Aloha Stadium.

The 17th edition of the game pits the Mountain West versus Conference USA and will be televised on ESPN.

“Playing on the Saturday prior to Christmas Eve is a wonderful opportunity for new fans to be able to experience in person all the Hawai‘i Bowl has to offer,” said Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin. “We are excited to welcome new attendees to the Bowl.”

Last year’s game featured an exciting match-up between Fresno State and Houston, which the Bulldogs of the Mountain West won 33-27. The outcome was the sixth in Hawai‘i Bowl history that was decided by a touchdown or less.

In addition to promoting the island way of life by sponsoring events intrinsic to Hawai‘i, the bowl supports many non-profit organizations through the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation. More than $1 million has been awarded to charities since the inception of the Hawai’i Bowl Foundation.

The bowl game was created in 2002 after the hometown University of Hawai‘i finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and was not invited to a bowl game. The Hawai‘i Bowl provides UH an invitation when bowl eligible. The Rainbow Warriors have participated in the bowl seven times.

The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, one of ESPN Events’ early-season college basketball tournaments, will also take place during the Christmas holiday (Dec. 22-25). The brackets, to be determined at a later date, will be developed to avoid any conflicts with participating schools and the bowl game.

The Hawai‘i Bowl is one of 14 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 12 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 300-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, 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
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.); Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Frisco Bowl (Texas); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Atlanta); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); The Home Depot College Football Awards Presented by Gildan (Atlanta) and Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Fort Bliss, Texas); 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 (TBD); Myrtle Beach Invitational (Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off; State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)

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About the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism, the leading industry for the Hawaiian Islands. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai‘i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the visitor industry and general public. HTA annually supports a wide range of Hawaiian cultural celebrations, community festivals and sports events to perpetuate Hawai‘i’s legacy and showcase the islands’ natural resources.

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