USC wide receiver Lee will enter NFL draft

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 20:56
USC wide receiver Marqise Lee will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, he announced on Twitter on Friday night.
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Munchak, Titans meet; no decisions made

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 18:54
Mike Munchak spent time in Houston Monday to discuss the future of the Tennessee Titans, but his future as the team's coach is still up in the air.
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Saints RB Thomas ruled out vs. Eagles

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 15:57
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas has officially been ruled out of Saturday's playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a back injury.
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Vikes to conduct review of Kluwe allegations

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 15:45
The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that they will retain two local attorneys to conduct an independent review of the allegations former punter Chris Kluwe made against the team Thursday.
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Bylsma hoping for defensively strong U.S.

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 15:23
Speed and defense is the formula U.S. Olympic coach Dan Bylsma is hoping will push the Americans to their first gold medal in men's hockey since 1980.
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Bowling for Dollars: Economic Impact Considerations for College Football Bowl Games

NASC - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 15:03

The outgoing president of Ball State University, Dr. Jo Ann Gora, once said that the only ones who make money from a bowl game is the host city. An economic impact study from last January’s Orange Bowl and BCS Championship games shows, that’s not too far from the truth, at least for the on-their-way-out BCS bowls.

According to a study by the Conventions Sports & Leisure International group shows that the 2012-2013 Orange Bowl Festival, which included the annual Orange Bowl game as well as the BCS Championship game, helped generate a $298.1 million economic impact for South Florida.

Perhaps more significant is that number is nearly 50 percent more than the economic impact generated the last time South Florida was the host for both the Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship games, in 2008-09. It’s also close to the $333 million economic impact of the 2010 Super Bowl played at Sun Life Stadium, according to the South Florida Super Bowl Committee.

The study cited an improved economy as one reason for the jump in spending; another was the increased interest in the two teams involved in the BCS title game in 2013, Alabama and Notre Dame.

The study breaks down the economic impact with Orange Bowl events generating $127 million in new direct spending, $224 million in total new economic output, $4.9 million in new taxes and creating approximately 2,400 new full and part-time jobs that generated $81.4 million in personal earnings. The total economic impact figure includes $74.1 million in media exposure value for South Florida.

That’s what one of the BCS bowls can mean to a community, but what about some of the lower tiered post-season college games? They can impact a city’s bottom line, as well. For example, the Las Vegas Bowl, played just before Christmas at UNLV’s stadium, brings in around 37,000 fans who generate some $18 million in non-gaming economic impact during one of the quietest tourist weeks of the year on The Strip.

And look at the finances surrounding the Heart of Dallas bowl January 1 at the Cotton Bowl pitting UNLV against North Texas. UNLV expects to receive $600,000 from its conference for participating in the game but is responsible for selling $400,000 in tickets (5,333 tickets at $75 apiece). That leaves $200,000 for the expense of sending the team and university officials to Dallas for the game. But it’s been 13 years since UNLV has been in a bowl game, and despite the financial challenges, UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said she never considered turning down the bid.

“It’s a national network and we’re going to be the first game out,” Kunzer-Murphy said. “It’s going to be a three-hour advertisement for the university, and that’s priceless.”

For the Dallas area, the bowl game has its own payday. This bowl game, run as a not-for-profit, brings in just under $20 million in economic impact, according to the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. The traditional Cotton Bowl Classic, before it moved to Arlington, Texas, was $29.8 million.

Add in the national exposure that the host cities receive during a bowl game, and it’s easy to see how games from the Belk Bowl to Music City Bowl to the Pinstripe Bowl continue to pop up and thrive: Schools love the exposure, and the host cities love the visitors during traditionally slow tourism times. And that’s a big win for both sides.


Jackie Reau

Game Day Communications
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Florida CB Roberson chooses to enter draft

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:56
Florida defensive back Marcus Roberson will pass up his final year with the Gators and enter the NFL draft, the school announced Friday.
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Sooners' Stoops: SEC is not overwhelming

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:38
After Oklahoma toppled Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday, Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he wouldn't have to "dodge any more punches" for suggesting in the offseason that the SEC being the best league in college football was "propaganda."
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Texans owner open to trading No. 1 pick

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:37
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is open to trading out of the No. 1 overall selection in this year's NFL draft.
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Winston jokes he'd follow Fisher to Texas

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 13:00
Jameis Winston jokes with Jimbo Fisher about speculation the coach will leave Florida State for Texas and says if it happens he would want to go too.
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Source: PSU lists Franklin, Golden, Munchak

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:58
Vanderbilt's James Franklin, Miami's Al Golden and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak top the list of Penn State's candidates to replace Bill O'Brien, a source told ESPN.
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Cowboys' Jones favors expanded playoffs

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:52
Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, a postseason spectator for the fourth consecutive year, is in favor of expanding the NFL playoffs.
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Texans introduce O'Brien, get party started

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:39
In a festive setting filled with fans in attendance and a Lady Gaga song playing, the Houston Texans prepared to announce Bill O'Brien as their third head coach in franchise history.
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UT loses another reported candidate in Mora

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 12:28
Jim Mora says he is staying at UCLA after the coach was linked as a possible replacement for Mack Brown at Texas.
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Baylor's Briles staying, 'no desire' to leave

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:58
Art Briles made it official Friday: He's staying at Baylor.
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It's unanimous: Manning is All-Pro for 7th time

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:49
Peyton Manning was the only unanimous choice for the 2013 Associated Press NFL All-Pro team Friday. It was his seventh time as a first-teamer, tying Hall of Famer Otto Graham for the most by a quarterback.
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Colts sell out; extensions for Pack, Bengals

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 09:57
The Indianapolis Colts have sold out their remaining tickets to Saturday's playoff game, while the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers still have Friday to meet the ticket-sale deadline extension from the NFL.
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Sources: Munchak to meet with Titans boss

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 07:47
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak will meet Friday morning with team president and CEO Tommy Smith to engage in an organizational evaluation, sources say, for a discussion in which Munchak could learn his fate.
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Fans trek to hospital on Schumacher's 45th

ESPN Sports Feed - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 06:56
Michael Schumacher's fans converged Friday on a hospital in the French Alps to honor the Formula One great on his 45th birthday, just days after he was critically injured in a skiing accident.
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Knight (4 TDs), Oklahoma take down Bama

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 23:55
Trevor Knight passed for 348 yards and four touchdowns, and No.11 Oklahoma took down third-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 45-31 on Thursday night.
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