GREENSBORO— The Atlantic Coast Conference has forged seven football bowl game partnerships that will be effective through the 2019 season.
On Thursday, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced the news for a conference that is looking to improve its collective play on the football field and contend on a national stage.
“We are extremely pleased to announce relationships with this outstanding collection of future bowl partners,” said Swofford. “Each of these premiere bowls is recognized for its excellence, and they collectively combine to offer our 15-member league more flexibility, improved financials, marquee match-ups and attractive destinations.”
The new agreements include increased net financial revenues to the Conference, reduced ticket obligations, greater flexibility in selection of bowl teams to ensure the best possible match-ups, and prioritized geographical proximity for better access for fans.
In total, the league has reached agreements with the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando; the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas; the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.; the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.; the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
The ACC champion will again be headingto the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami if that team is not in the College Football Playoff. If the Discover Orange Bowl is hosting one of the semifinal games of the College Football Playoff, the ACC champion will be slotted to play in one of the other host bowls of the playoff – the Fiesta Bowl or the Chick-fil-A Bowl – if not playing in a semifinal game.