Oct. 14, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Complete Sports Management President Lea Miller announced Monday that the Bahamas Bowl will join the bowl line-up in 2014 as the only postseason college football game outside of the United States. Conference USA will be one of the conferences participating in the new game.
The inaugural Bahamas Bowl will kick off in December 2014 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. Named for the Olympian track & field star, the stadium currently has a capacity of 15,000 people, but has the ability to be expanded to hold as many as 30,000.
"To be able to bring these five conferences together who have such strong commitments to academics and athletics is an honor," Miller said. "To be able to create a new college football Bowl game with them with the support of the entire country of the Bahamas in a historic venue is a dream come true. As the college sporting world knows, this is yet another sporting event we're bringing to the Bahamas after two highly successful years of the Battle 4 Atlantis, college basketball's premier early season basketball tournament."
Five conferences will be represented on a rotational basis in the Bahamas. Commissioners from Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference, and a representative from the American Athletic Conference were on hand for Monday's official announcement with the Bahamas Minister of Tourism.
"As we have learned with our other bowls, student-athletes, coaches and fans get excited about a great destination. It's hard to imagine a better destination than this wonderful country for a bowl game," Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said. "We are thankful for the support of The Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Lea Miller in providing not only a great venue, but a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work and dedication of our teams."
Richard Giannini, retired athletic director at Southern Miss, is serving as a consultant to Miller and the Bahamas Bowl. Giannini founded the Blockbuster Bowl in Miami/Fort Lauderdale in 1990 and spent three terms on the NCAA Post-Season Football Committee
Complete Sports Management is an all-encompassing sports marketing agency led by founder and president Lea Miller. The core capabilities of the agency include the creation of sporting events, event management, sponsorship & hospitality package sales and ticket promotion. Through Miller's global connections, she seized the opportunity to take collegiate sports outside of the United States. She put together a pre-season college basketball tournament, Battle 4 Atlantis, in Paradise Island, Bahamas. In only two years, Battle 4 Atlantis has turned into the most successful pre-season men's Division 1 college basketball tournament in history, while providing unprecedented exposure for both the Atlantis Resort and the Bahamas. She also negotiated sponsorship agreements and media contracts with NBC Sports Network, ESPN, and AXS TV. Complete Sports Management is now bringing college's most popular sport to the Bahamas for the country's first college football bowl game, The Bahamas Bowl.
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