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Gator Bowl dropping "Gator" completely, moves to Jan 2nd
www.wokv.com ^ | Posted: 10:54 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 04/03/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT by Red Badger

Jacksonville, FL —

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Sports
KEYWORDS: bcs; football; gatorbowl; jacksonville
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1 posted on 04/03/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

That stupid when I think of FLA I think gators


2 posted on 04/03/2014 9:14:42 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Red Badger

Looks like ‘Gator’ couldn’t match the big bucks of TaxSlayer.com.


3 posted on 04/03/2014 9:14:48 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Red Badger

Everything is for sale.


4 posted on 04/03/2014 9:18:29 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Red Badger

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.


5 posted on 04/03/2014 9:20:07 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Seen the moron who tattooed a McDonald’s receipt to his forearm?


6 posted on 04/03/2014 9:20:13 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Red Badger

This is ridiculous.


7 posted on 04/03/2014 9:20:28 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Red Badger

What a retarded thing to do.


8 posted on 04/03/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: Red Badger

In other news ...

http://www.fiestabowl.org/media-room/news-room/fiesta-bowl-names-andy-mccain-2014-15-chairman-of-the-board.php

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 year’s 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 organization’s 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 Arizona’s leading beverage distributor.

McCain graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Master’s 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 O’Connor; 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


9 posted on 04/03/2014 9:22:51 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Red Badger

The Regime isn’t going to like the term “Taxslayer” much...look for additional changes.


10 posted on 04/03/2014 9:23:09 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Red Badger

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.


11 posted on 04/03/2014 9:23:49 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Red Badger
...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.

So now, will they have to re-incorporate for six years as TaxSlayer-dot-com Bowl Sports? If so, wouldn't that invalidate the agreement and have to be re-negotiated? What cheap whores such people are.
12 posted on 04/03/2014 9:24:06 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Red Badger

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.


13 posted on 04/03/2014 9:25:14 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Red Badger

US sports is becoming like athe Euros; they sell advertising on their uniforms, while we do it with venues and events..


14 posted on 04/03/2014 9:26:36 AM PDT by cardinal4
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To: Red Badger

I think this bowl will be shut down by Obama and the IRS.


15 posted on 04/03/2014 9:27:46 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Red Badger

Cowboys Stadium became AT&T Stadium last year. Corporate branding rules.


16 posted on 04/03/2014 9:27:58 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Red Badger

It would be funny if this web site lost a lot of business over this.


17 posted on 04/03/2014 9:29:35 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: ErnBatavia

“The Regime isn’t going to like the term “Taxslayer” much...look for additional changes.”

They may rename it to the “You didn’t build that Bowl”


18 posted on 04/03/2014 9:29:49 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Red Badger
""TaxSlayer.com recognizes the history of the Bowl's rich 70 year tradition..."

...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.

19 posted on 04/03/2014 9:29:49 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Red Badger; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re: Dropping "gator" from the name is part of a six-year agreement reached between TaxSlayer.com and the Gator 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!

http://www.onlygoodmovies.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/burt-reynolds-gator.gif

http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/QjEWPwrjbJQ/maxresdefault.jpg

20 posted on 04/03/2014 9:30:05 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: cardinal4

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.


21 posted on 04/03/2014 9:35:36 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (as)
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To: Red Badger

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”?


22 posted on 04/03/2014 9:37:05 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Red Badger

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.


23 posted on 04/03/2014 9:38:29 AM PDT by thetallguy24
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To: Red Badger

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.


24 posted on 04/03/2014 9:40:12 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: thetallguy24

What if a porcelain throne manufacturer wanted to sponsor a game?

Would they call it the Toilet Bowl?......................


25 posted on 04/03/2014 9:46:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger

Is the name “Gator” racist or homophobic?


26 posted on 04/03/2014 9:48:17 AM PDT by forgotten man
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Everything is for sale.

Ferengi Rules of Acquisition #264.............

27 posted on 04/03/2014 9:50:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: forgotten man

PETA will be overjoyed....................and I don't mean Peta Mergatroyd................

28 posted on 04/03/2014 9:53:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: dfwgator
It was sacrilege that they actually painted the Tennessee Checkerboard in the end zone of The Swamp.

Planning to change your login name?

How 'bout dallasfortworthtaxslayerdotcomformerlydfwgator? Might pick up some cheap change as a paid namesake.

Me? I'm trying to sell Resettoviagra but no one has been up for the idea yet.
29 posted on 04/03/2014 9:54:18 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: dfwgator

It’s gonna be weird to hear the annual GA-FLA Game called the TaxSlayer.Com GA-FLA game.................


30 posted on 04/03/2014 9:55:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Resettozero; dfwgator

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....................


31 posted on 04/03/2014 9:57:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger
"...we...are extremely proud to be a part of such a dedicated and professional Bowl family and look forward to building on usurping its historic foundation",

-PJ

32 posted on 04/03/2014 10:08:15 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Red Badger
That sounds like the scene from Idiocracy where a character kept spouting the name of a ‘sponsor’ every few seconds,...

I guess I'll just have to read a review of Idiocracy one day to learn how it ends. Twice we've tried to watch it and both times one of us would grab for the remote, exclaiming "Alright awready! I get the idea!".
33 posted on 04/03/2014 10:09:33 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Resettozero

It has a really happy ending..........................


34 posted on 04/03/2014 10:11:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Some people still don’t quite get it.


35 posted on 04/03/2014 10:12:26 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

How about The Gator Slayer Bowl?
bet Gaytor Bowl would be OK.


36 posted on 04/03/2014 10:23:41 AM PDT by Vinnie
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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.


37 posted on 04/03/2014 10:26:50 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Menehune56

With me, Cowboys Stadium will ALWAYS be Cowboys Stadium. And the Gator Bowl will ALWAYS be the Gator Bowl.


38 posted on 04/03/2014 10:44:29 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: Resettozero

well, if they are up for the idea for more than 4 hours, they have a problem.


39 posted on 04/03/2014 10:51:51 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Operating out of weakness? Imagine if he was working from a position of strength!)
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To: NonValueAdded

Suppose you’re right.


40 posted on 04/03/2014 10:52:59 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Red Badger; dfwgator
Yet another reason I couldn't give a rat's a** about college football. Stadium naming rights, bowl game naming rights, no playoff system...it can all go to hell as far as I care.

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!

41 posted on 04/03/2014 11:33:35 AM PDT by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: wku man

I am not a Wisconsin ‘Badger’..................


42 posted on 04/03/2014 11:44:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger
Would they call it the Toilet Bowl?.......

Why not have the Toilet Bowl for two worst teams?

43 posted on 04/03/2014 12:16:05 PM PDT by QT3.14 (Obama Socialized Health Insurance Tax ( O S H I T ))
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To: staytrue
I think this bowl will be shut down by Obama and the IRS.

Imagine: The IRS TAXSLAYER Bowl

44 posted on 04/03/2014 12:27:58 PM PDT by QT3.14 (Obama Socialized Health Insurance Tax ( O S H I T ))
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To: Responsibility2nd

70 years from now, will anyone even kow what TaxSlayer.com was?

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Funny.

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.


45 posted on 04/03/2014 1:11:20 PM PDT by dmz
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To: Arkansas Toothpick
It’s capitalism at work.

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.

46 posted on 04/03/2014 2:25:20 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: lodi90

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.


47 posted on 04/03/2014 2:30:15 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Arkansas Toothpick
1. It’s capitalism at work.

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.

48 posted on 04/03/2014 2:33:38 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Red Badger
I am so slow today...I never even made the connection. Sorry 'bout that.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

49 posted on 04/03/2014 6:55:45 PM PDT by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: Bender2
I was living in Georgia when Burt Reynolds filmed "Gator" Met him on Savannah Beach. (Tybee Island I think) I watched the house burn in the end of the movie. Local fire departments were ready and on site to hose it down.
50 posted on 04/04/2014 5:36:20 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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