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Tampa Bay Highlighted Nationally During Outback Bowl Preview Special

December 26, 2019

Tampa Bay Highlighted Nationally on ESPNNetworks During Outback Bowl Preview Special

TAMPA, Fla. (December 26, 2019) - OnNew Year's Day, viewers across the world will be able to watch the No. 9 AuburnTigers take the field against the No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers in TheOutback Bowl. The Bowl will be telecast on ESPN TV and available to aninternational audience

However, the Tampa Bay area willreceive additional exposure in the days leading up to the game during ahalf-hour Outback Bowl Preview Special, which will be televised at leastfour times throughout the nation on multiple ESPN TV networks while highlightingbeautiful sites, cultural assets, and charitable organizations across the TampaBay region.

"This show will not only promotethe game but will showcase the Tampa Bay area and the impact the Outback Bowlhas on the region," said Jim McVay, President/CEO of the Outback Bowl. "We hopethe show will help viewers see all the ways the Outback Bowl is so much morethan just a game."

The first national airing willbe on Sunday, December 29th at 1:30P.M.(ET) on ESPN2. The half-hour show is hosted by WFLA TV SportsDirector Dan Lucas. Viewers will enjoy an examination of the Minnesota andAuburn match-up and highlights of the numerous amenities around Tampa that fansand teams will enjoy during their trip. Someof the area amenities highlighted in this year's show will include SparkmanWharf, the Tampa Riverwalk, Zoo Tampa and Busch Gardens.

Additionally, this year's showwill give insight into the Bowl's Charitable Giving Initiative, which has given$1.5 million in support to more than 110 charitable organizations across TampaBay. Earlier in 2019, the Outback Bowl announced their ongoing commitment to charitablegiving - over the next six years, the Bowl will give an additional $3 millionto charities throughout the region.

"We're thrilled to be able toshowcase the importance of giving back to charity, as well as the amazing thingslocally-based non-profits are doing for our region on a national stage," saidMcVay.

The current schedule for the specialincludes airings:

ESPN2: 12/29/19 at 1:30pmET

ESPNews: 12/30/19 at 12:30pmET

ESPNU: 1/1/20 at 9amET

ESPNU: 1/1/20 at 12:30pmET

The Outback Bowl celebrates its 34thgame this year and will be played on January 1st at 1:00 PM ET in Raymond JamesStadium. Tickets to the game are available through Ticketmaster at For additional information or special ticketpackages, contact the Outback Bowl office at (813) 874-2695.

For ore information on OutbackBowl events, area hotels, restaurants and attractions, visit the Outback Bowl onlineat


The Outback Bowl attracts localfans and visitors from more than 40 states each year for the game and week ofevents while generating tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region.The Bowl boasts the longest title sponsor in bowl game history, with OutbackSteakhouse celebrating its 25th year with the game. The Bowl has contributedover $155 million to universities over its history and is estimated to havegenerated more than $1 billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay area overthis time. It has also contributed more than $1.5 million to area charitiessince 2016 and has committed to paying an additional $39 million touniversities and donating at least $3 million more to charities through the2026 game.