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!