ESPN Events Reveals 13-Game College Football Bowl Schedule for 2020-21

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, has set dates, times and networks for 13 owned and operated bowl games for the 2020-21 college football season.

The Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl kicks off the bowl season on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. All other ESPN owned and operated bowl games will air on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, including the Montgomery Bowl (December 23), which has been added for this year.

Due to the ongoing health pandemic, ESPN Events and Fenway Sports Management are postponing the inaugural launch of the Fenway Bowl. The new addition to the Bowl Season lineup, which will feature teams from the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), will now take place at Fenway Park in 2021.

As previously announced, the Bahamas Bowl, Hawai’i Bowl and Celebration Bowl will all return in 2021.

A decision regarding the Las Vegas Bowl will be announced in the near future.

The ESPN Events lineup will be part of the overall 35-game college football bowl schedule on ESPN networks this season.

ESPN Events Bowl Slate

Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl
The fourth annual Frisco Bowl will air on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. on ESPN, from Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Myrtle Beach Bowl
The inaugural Myrtle Beach Bowl is slated to make its debut on Monday, Dec. 21, at 2:30 p.m., on ESPN. The game is set to be played at Brooks Stadium on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
The 24th annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN. The game will be held at Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

Boca Raton Bowl
The seventh edition of the Boca Raton Bowl is scheduled for December 22, at 7 p.m., on ESPN, from FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.

Montgomery Bowl
ESPN Events has added one bowl to its roster for the 2020 season, set for Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2 from historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.

New Mexico Bowl
The 15th edition of the New Mexico Bowl is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 24, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Camellia Bowl
The seventh annual Camellia Bowl will be played on Christmas Day, from the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl
Kicking off a doubleheader on ABC, the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 26, at noon, from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Cure Bowl
Acquired by ESPN Events in May 2020, the Cure Bowl will be played Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on December 26, at noon on ESPN.

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Following the Gasparilla Bowl, the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for 3:30 p.m., on ABC. The bowl will be played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on SMU’s campus.

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
The 18th edition of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Thursday, Dec. 31. Kickoff is set for noon on ESPN from TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

Texas Bowl
The Texas Bowl, in its 15th year, is set for December 31, at 8 p.m. on ESPN. The game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston.

TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl
The 15th annual Birmingham Bowl will be played at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday, Jan. 1 (noon, ESPN2).

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes four early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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‘Bowl Season’ Announced As New Name Of College Football’s Postseason

DALLAS, TEXAS (October 23, 2020) — The Football Bowl Association is getting a new name and brand: Bowl Season. The debut of the name change, logo and website for the organization is part of a major brand overhaul announced today by Executive Director Nick Carparelli.

The new Bowl Season tagline, “A Celebration of College Football,” embraces the grand tradition of the bowl system and its enduring value to student-athletes. Highlighting the broader university community, including spirit squads, marching bands, student athletic staff and fans, Bowl Season will work with all existing bowls to promote the benefits of the entire bowl system.

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Union Home Mortgage Named New Title Sponsor for Gasparilla Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. – ESPN Events has named Union Home Mortgage as the new title sponsor for the Gasparilla Bowl, an annual college football postseason game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa (Fla.). Beginning with this year’s game, the bowl will now be known as the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl.

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Susan Crown Exchange Launches Million Coaches Challenge

CHICAGO –  October 15, 2020  – Presenting at the Aspen Institute’s annual Project Play Summit, youth-focused foundation Susan Crown Exchange (SCE) announced today its Million Coaches Challenge. This effort will train at least one million coaches in youth development by 2025. This national effort to train youth coaches was designed to capitalize on the simple but critical finding that, for kids who play sports, a good coach can be a transformational figure in their lives.

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ESPN Events Cancels Two Postseason Bowls for 2020 Season

ESPN Events will cancel two of its 17 postseason college football bowl games for the 2020 season. The Bahamas Bowl and the Hawai‘i Bowl, which were both set to be played in December, have been cancelled due to the current health pandemic and travel restrictions.

“We are disappointed that we aren’t able to stage events at these premier destinations this year,” said Pete Derzis, ESPN senior vice president of college sports programming & ESPN Events. “We are committed to bringing both games back in 2021, and we thank our conference partners, sponsors and the local communities for their ongoing support and understanding.”

More details surrounding the bowl season are forthcoming.


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