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Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Press Release

(Thursday, April 18, 2013)

Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl To Be Played On Christmas Eve

HONOLULU – ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced that the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 24, on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is 3 p.m. HT (8 p.m. ET) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Now in its 12th year, the bowl will pit a team from the Mountain West against a team from Conference USA. The game will be played on Christmas Eve for the ninth time.

“We are excited to pair our warm weather with some great football for the entire nation to view on ESPN,” said David Matlin, Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director. “While mainland families are enjoying their Christmas Eve traditions in frigid winter conditions, they can escape from the weather for a few hours for football in paradise.”

Last year’s Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl featured Fresno State of the Mountain West and SMU of Conference USA. The Mustangs earned the victory while tying an NCAA record for interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season, defeating the Bulldogs, 43-10.

The Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl has been known for its high-scoring (the winning team has scored 40 or more points nine times), thrilling offenses, and close games (two overtime games and five games decided by one touchdown or less).

The Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl has supported many non-profit organizations through the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation. Over $750,000.00 has been awarded to charities since the inception of the Hawai’i Bowl foundation.  In addition, the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl promotes our island way of life by sponsoring sporting events intrinsic to Hawai‘i.

The bowl game was created in 2002 after the hometown University of Hawai‘i finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and was not invited to a bowl game. The Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl guarantees UH an invitation when bowl eligible. The Warriors have participated in the bowl six times.

Tickets to the 2013 Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl are expected to go on sale this summer. For more information, visit the official Web site: SheratonHawaiiBowl.com.

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT’s owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:

Collegiate Football
BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Las Vegas Bowl; MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Texas Bowl (Houston); Texas Kickoff Classic (Houston); Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Armed Forces Classic (TBD); Charleston Classic (S.C.); Anaheim Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Classic presented by Corona Extra (Madison Square Garden); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (TBD) and State Farm Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago) 

For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.