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Outback Bowl Hires Blake Guthrie as Director of Community Partnerships

February 21, 2019

Tampa, FL - Outback Bowl officials announced today the hiring of Blake Guthrie as Director of Community Partnerships. Guthrie's responsibilities will include developing new partnerships for the bowl in addition to community involvement and selected event management.

Guthrie has an extensive sports management background including time with the Miami Beach Bowl, ESPN Events, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, University of South Florida Athletics and past Outback Bowl involvement. He was most recently Director of Community Engagement and Development with Irish 31 Pub House & Eatery.

"After 13 years of involvement with the Outback Bowl, and seeing their first-class operation personally, I am truly honored to be joining their team on a full-time basis. I look forward to assisting in this New Year's Day Bowl game's continued success and spot as a Tampa Bay Treasure by growing current and cultivating new community partnerships."

"We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Blake as our Director of Community Partnerships," commented Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay. "He has an excellent background, the work experience and community knowledge to excel with our organization. We are looking forward to him joining our team."

Outback Bowl Facts:

The Outback Bowl payout for this year's bowl game was $6,400,000 for the participating universities and $500,000 to bay area charities for a combined $6,900,000. The total amount paid to the universities over the bowls history is in excess of $148,000,000. The Charitable Giving Initiative over the last few years is in excess of $1,000,000 to bay area charitable organizations. The Outback Bowl, often referred as a "Tampa Bay Treasure", has created an economic impact for the region of over $1,000,000,000 over its history.