Skip to comments.Gator Bowl dropping "Gator" completely, moves to Jan 2nd
Posted on 04/03/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT by Red Badger
After 70 years the Gator Bowl - as we've known it - is no more.
The new name of the game removes "gator" entirely, and it will no longer be played on New Years Day, two big changes that we learned Thursday morning from the President of Gator Bowl Sports. The game will now be known as the TaxSlayer Bowl and played on Jan. 2nd.
Dropping "gator" from the name is part of a six-year agreement reached between TaxSlayer.com and the Gator Bowl.
"TaxSlayer.com recognizes the history of the Bowl's rich 70 year tradition. It is a legacy in college football and we...are extremely proud to be a part of such a dedicated and professional Bowl family and look forward to building on its historic foundation", said TaxSlayer.com President and CEO, Jimmy Rhodes.
Beginning in 2015 the TaxSlayer Bowl will be televised on ESPN January 2nd, which is one day later than years past. It will feature a team from the SEC that will serve as the anchor team. That team will face an opponent from the Big Ten Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Rick Catlett, Bowl President and CEO, described this as a great partnership that will enable the Bowl game to maintain its stature on the national level as one of the top tier bowl games in the country.
That stupid when I think of FLA I think gators
Looks like ‘Gator’ couldn’t match the big bucks of TaxSlayer.com.
Everything is for sale.
Dumb move by that company ditching the Gator Bowl brand. That was always one of the more high profile second tier bowls. Now they are associated with the Nut bowl and all the other non historical made for tv bowl games.
Seen the moron who tattooed a McDonald’s receipt to his forearm?
This is ridiculous.
What a retarded thing to do.
In other news ...
Fiesta Bowl Names Andy McCain 2014-15 Chairman of the Board
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 31, 2014
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The Fiesta Bowl announced today that Andy McCain, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Hensley Beverage Company, has been elected the 2014-15 Chairman of the Board.
McCain joined the Fiesta Bowl organization as a Board member in 2007. As Chairman of the Board, McCain will oversee the Fiesta Bowl organization, which operates the Tostitos® Fiesta Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings BowlTM and more than 40 related statewide events.
It is an honor to be this years Chairman of the Fiesta Bowl, McCain said. I look forward to continuing the legacy started by our founders more than 40 years ago by hosting great games and events with unmatched hospitality, promoting Arizona and giving back to the community.
Andy has been an integral part of the Fiesta Bowl for many years, Fiesta Bowl Interim Executive Director Duane Woods said. His tremendous leadership and business experience will play a vital role in guiding the organizations transition into the first year of the College Football Playoff.
McCain has chaired several Fiesta Bowl subcommittees since joining the organization, including Team Selection, Budget and Finance, and Audit and Compliance. He will continue to serve on the Executive Committee in his new role as Board Chairman.
In addition to his involvement with the Fiesta Bowl, McCain is a member on the Arizona Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee and is a past Director and Chairman of the greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.
McCain serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Hensley Beverage Company. He is accountable for overseeing and managing the finance, treasury, strategic planning, operations, and sales and marketing functions of Arizonas leading beverage distributor.
McCain graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Business Administration. McCain resides in Phoenix with his wife and their two children.
Other officers on the Fiesta Bowl Executive Committee include:
Chairman-Elect Matt Winter; Secretary Chuck OConnor; Treasurer Mike Hecomovich; Immediate Past-Chair Brian Hall.
The Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors has also added the following members:
Ray Artigue, President, The Artigue Agency
Gonzalo De la Melena, President & Executive Director, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
James R. Hatfield, Executive Vice President & CFO, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation and Arizona Public Service Company
The Regime isn’t going to like the term “Taxslayer” much...look for additional changes.
I really don’t understand this.....even when considering the big bucks involved. When the word “Rose” is finally removed from the “Rose Bowl” it will be a sad day.
70 years from now, will anyone even kow what TaxSlayer.com was?
Hell, this is the first time I’ve even ever HEARD of TaxSlayer.com and I think these fools are rather pretentious in renaming the Gator Bowl.
US sports is becoming like athe Euros; they sell advertising on their uniforms, while we do it with venues and events..
I think this bowl will be shut down by Obama and the IRS.
Cowboys Stadium became AT&T Stadium last year. Corporate branding rules.
It would be funny if this web site lost a lot of business over this.
“The Regime isnt going to like the term Taxslayer much...look for additional changes.”
They may rename it to the “You didn’t build that Bowl”
...but we don't care so we're changing the name of the traditional bowl game.
What am I missing? Are they redefining "tradition"? Doesn't the name of the bowl game have everything to do with the tradition? Sheesh, wait until the Rose Bowl is changed to the LGBT Bowl... you know, because they recognize the rich tradition of the Rose Bowl.
Does that mean I now have to go by... 'TaxSlayer' McKlusky?
If so, I'm going to do a death roll on somebody like I did on Bama... in High Definition!
I don’t get why they can’t do both, have a corporate name and also keep Gator Bowl.
For example, we have seen names such as the Federal Express Orange Bowl, Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, Sea World Holiday Bowl, in which the corporate sponsor and the traditional name are both part of the title.
Well, see how excited people get about the Tax Slayer Bowl.
I had to open this thread and read it.
I couldn’t figure out which group of easily-offended people were being offended by the term “gator”, or if “gator” was a slang term of some sort that offended someone.
It turns out to be non-political.
OTOH - who is going to look at their TV Guide or sports section and block out time from their day to watch the “TaxSlayer.com Bowl”?
So it was too difficult to just make it the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl?
I’m so sick of corporations destroying traditions. Look at the Peach Bowl too.
If they are going to have a “Gator” Bowl, it should be played in Gainesville, which they actually did once, while the stadium in Jacksonville was being renovated.
It was sacrilege that they actually painted the Tennessee Checkerboard in the end zone of The Swamp.
What if a porcelain throne manufacturer wanted to sponsor a game?
Would they call it the Toilet Bowl?......................
Is the name “Gator” racist or homophobic?
Ferengi Rules of Acquisition #264.............
PETA will be overjoyed....................and I don't mean Peta Mergatroyd................
It’s gonna be weird to hear the annual GA-FLA Game called the TaxSlayer.Com GA-FLA game.................
That sounds like the scene from Idiocracy where a character kept spouting the name of a ‘sponsor’ every few seconds, totally inappropriate to whatever conversation subject, because he was paid every time he said it....................
It has a really happy ending..........................
Some people still don’t quite get it.
How about The Gator Slayer Bowl?
bet Gaytor Bowl would be OK.
1. It’s capitalism at work.
2. As noted already, Europe and other places around the world have long had brand sponsoring mixed with sports naming and the like.
3. In the new era of college football playoffs, the individual bowl identities are becoming less and less important.
With me, Cowboys Stadium will ALWAYS be Cowboys Stadium. And the Gator Bowl will ALWAYS be the Gator Bowl.
well, if they are up for the idea for more than 4 hours, they have a problem.
Suppose you’re right.
Meanwhile, I'm getting ready for my Kentucky Wildcats to go Badger hunting this weekend in the Final Four! Wooooohooooooo! Gator, could Cats-Gators Part IV be the National Championship?
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
I am not a Wisconsin ‘Badger’..................
Why not have the Toilet Bowl for two worst teams?
Imagine: The IRS TAXSLAYER Bowl
70 years from now, will anyone even kow what TaxSlayer.com was?
The Ravens stadium was first named after some internet company that no longer exists and the name of which I cannot recall.
And that was a lot more recent than 70 years.
Totally agreed, FRiend. Corporate branding is one of the things that characteristic of NASCAR and gives it its flavor. Likewise, little leagues all across the country have played with advertising on the outfield fences for decades. President Calvin Coolidge was absolutely right:
After all, the chief business of the American people is business. They are profoundly concerned with producing, buying, selling, investing and prospering in the world. I am strongly of the opinion that the great majority of people will always find these the moving impulses of our life.
I was just about to make a similar comment.
Now it’s just another AdvoCare V100 Bowl or a BBVA Compass Bowl.
They went from being a 2nd tier to a 4th tier bowl.
Yes but it's like buying a designer item and then covering up all of the logos. Just because it's capitalism doesn't mean it's a good decision.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!