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Date, Time set for 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl

Atlanta’s bowl game boasts top ACC and SEC teams, unopposed time slot on ESPN 

ATLANTA (March 27, 2013) – College football fans will once again be ringing in the new year with the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 

Officials from the Chick-fil-A Bowl today announced that the 46th annual rivalry game between the ACC and SEC will be played Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. EST in the Georgia Dome. This will mark the 22nd New Year’s Eve edition of Atlanta’s bowl game and the ninth in the last 12 years. 

The game will feature the first selection from the ACC (after the BCS) against a strong SEC opponent and will be nationally telecast by ESPN, running unopposed in its prime time slot. 

“We’ve really developed an unbeatable formula matching the ACC and SEC on ESPN in prime time on New Year’s Eve,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. “Across the board, these partnerships with the ACC, SEC, ESPN and Chick-fil-A have made us into the bowl we are today with college football and the fans getting to reap the rewards.”

This year will mark the 22nd in which rivals from the ACC and SEC have been matched in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, making it the longest-running rivalry game between the conferences in the nation. The ACC leads the all-time rivalry series 11-10. 

The Chick-fil-A Bowl has been telecast by ESPN every year since 1992 and Chick-fil-A Bowl games account for four of the top 10 and seven of the top 25 most-viewed non-BCS bowl game telecasts in network history. 

In 2012, an average of 8.56 million viewers tuned in for No. 14 Clemson’s last-second, 25-24 upset of No. 8 LSU, establishing it as the most-viewed non-BCS bowl game telecast in ESPN history and the most-viewed Chick-fil-A Bowl in history.

“We’re coming off a record-setting year in a number of areas for the Chick-fil-A Bowl,” said Stokan. “Last year we delivered record-breaking viewership numbers, and through ESPN’s partnership – specifically our prime time, unopposed time slot – we’re confident that we’ll continue to be at the top of the bowl industry.” 

About the Chick-fil-A Bowl:
The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. Now in its 46th year, the Chick-fil-A Bowl has established itself as one of the nation’s elite bowl games with a string of 16 consecutive sellouts and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the nation. Fifty-six percent of its games have been decided by a touchdown or less. On television, Chick-fil-A Bowls broadcasts are the number-one most-viewed, four of the top 10 and seven of the top-25 most-viewed non-BCS bowl game telecasts in ESPN history. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed $117.8 million in team payouts over its 45-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $15.7 million to organizations in need since 2002. Other events under the Chick-fil-A Bowl brand include the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament each spring and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game season-opening game over Labor Day weekend.- -


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