JACKSONVILLE, FL- The TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl announced today that an agreement has been reached with the Southeastern Conference to extend its partnership for six years beginning with the 2014 college football regular season.
This agreement represents a renewal of the Gator Bowl's partnership with the Southeastern Conference who will provide the anchor team for the annual TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. This extension represents a significant upgrade in the selection process by creating a Tier 1 Bowl pool.
"The TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl has a rich history and the SEC is pleased to renew its relationship with this premier college football game," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "Jacksonville offers a great venue for our schools and their fans and we are excited about fostering a long-term agreement.
"We are extremely excited to extend our partnership with the Southeastern Conference. Our new agreement provides a great opportunity to create the very best match-ups possible for the teams, their fans and our local community," said Rick Catlett, President and CEO of the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl.
Previously, the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl announced its partnership with the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl to share selections for one of its participating teams with the Big Ten Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference, which includes the University of Notre Dame. This unique partnership allows the Conference teams the flexibility to participate in both Bowl games three times each in a six-year period playing against an opponent from the Southeastern Conference.
The 69th Annual TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl game will be played at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. The game will kickoff at 12:00 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPN2. The Gator Bowl will pair the fifth selection after the BCS from the Southeastern Conference and the fourth selection after the BCS from the Big Ten Conference.
The Gator Bowl Association is a 501(c) 3 not-for profit organization whose mission is to provide Northeast Florida with the very best in college athletics and related activities in order to maximize positive impact on the area's economy, national image and community pride. Its primary charitable activities are focused on education and youth in the North Florida area.