Big Ten and Outback Bowl extend contract through 2019
The Big Ten conference and the Outback Bowl have reached an agreement that will extend their partnership for the next six years.
According to the Associated Press, the contract extension was announced Friday and will place a Big Ten team in the bowl game until 2019.
Since its inception in 1988, the Big Ten has been at the forefront of this annual bowl match-up. In the last few years it has been paired with the SEC to create some of the most anticipated games. This new agreement with the Outback Bowl is one of many the Big Ten has made over the summer and is a clear sign of the changing landscape of college football with the playoff system set to begin in 2014.
In a statement to Bay News 9, President and CEO of the Outback Bowl Jim McVay commented on the deal saying, “We are proud and thrilled to extend our relationship with the Big Ten for six additional years.” He added, “The Big Ten and Outback Bowl are a perfect fit. We love the teams, bands, fans and the tradition and history of the conference.”
Other conferences have also made similar moves, but not quite as aggressively as the Big Ten, making it undoubtedly the most stable of the major power conferences moving into the new system.
The 28th edition of the Outback Bowl is set for Jan. 1.