ESPN's Fowler to Serve as Emcee for 2012 Kickoff Luncheon

July 18, 2012

Park Ridge, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference announced today that Chris Fowler, anchor of ESPN's College GameDay, will serve as emcee for the 2012 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon presented by Allstate and BMW, scheduled for Friday, July 27, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. CT with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon itself begins at 11:30 a.m.

Fowler will be joined at the Kickoff Luncheon by each of the 12 Big Ten head football coaches and 36 of the conference's top returning players. Fowler will sit down with the coaches in groups of three to discuss the upcoming season. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will speak on behalf of the players in attendance. The complete list of player attendees can be found at

A limited number of tickets remain available for $100 per seat or $1,000 per table (10 seats). Contact Sue Immekus at the Big Ten office at 847-696-1010, ext. 122, or to purchase tickets.

One of the most respected hosts and play-by-play commentators in television, Fowler joined ESPN in July 1986 as the host/reporter of Scholastic Sports America. Since 1990, Fowler has anchored College GameDay, ESPN's Emmy-winning Saturday morning college football preview show. He was the play-by-play voice of ESPN's Thursday College Football Primetime games from 2006 through 2010 and has hosted the network's Heisman Trophy Presentation since its coverage of the event in 1994. Fowler received a bachelor's degree in radio/television news from the University of Colorado in 1985.

The Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon annually attracts some of the most talented names in college sports. The event has drawn legendary coaches as well as each of the conference's Heisman Trophy winners since 1970. In all, more than 800 of the conference's finest players, over 60 head coaches and more than 46,000 supporters have made the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon a yearly stop in their preseason college football schedules.