July 18, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Representatives of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl are pleased to announce a new partnership with the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, including an agreement to share selections with the Big Ten Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for one of its participating teams during the 2014-2019 bowl games.
Through the new partnership, the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl and the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will join the College Football Playoff bowls as two of very few major postseason games with multiple conference affiliations. The unique partnership will offer maximum flexibility in the team selection process and optimize the on-field matchup over the next six years in Nashville.
"Through our partnership with the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl, we have improved our position as much as any bowl game in the country, and we expect increased economic impact and promotional exposure for Music City over the next six years," said Scott Ramsey, President & CEO, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.
"We are extremely excited to be associated with the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl," said Rick Catlett, President & CEO of the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. "This is a great partnership that provides both Nashville and Jacksonville the opportunity to host fans from schools that represent some of the top college football traditions in the country."
With the additions of Notre Dame, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the ACC expands to 15 teams within its conference bowl affiliations. Beginning July 1, 2014, the Big Ten will be comprised of 14 teams, adding Maryland and Rutgers.
"We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and renew our relationship with the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "Nashville and Jacksonville are both quality destinations that provide our teams and fans with a first-class experience both from a venue and hospitality perspective."
"We are excited for Big Ten football to return to Nashville and the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl," said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. "Over the last 15 years, this bowl has been successful in creating a memorable trip for student-athletes and fans who travel to the mid-south. The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, in partnership with the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, is a welcome addition to our national bowl lineup and will provide Big Ten teams and fans a rewarding postseason experience."
Agreements are pending with both bowls to provide an opponent for the ACC and Big Ten.
The 16th annual Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will be played at LP Field in Nashville on Monday, Dec. 30 at 2:15 p.m. CST, and will be televised nationally on ESPN. Tickets for event go on sale August 30.
About the Bowl:
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (501(c)(3) non-profit organization) is an annual post-season collegiate Bowl featuring the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. Since its inception, the Bowl has produced nearly $222 million in economic impact. Televised nationally to millions of viewers and listeners on ESPN and Nevada Sports Radio Network, the Bowl is Nashville's Holiday Tradition. For more information, call the Bowl office at 615.743.3130 or visit the Bowl online at MusicCityBowl.com.