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40 College Football Bowl Games
by Ed Frank
If you’re bleary from watching 39 college football bowl
games, did you ever consider the staggering economic
impact of these contests?
The bowl games began December 16 with the New Orleans
Bowl when Troy defeated North Texas, and will conclude
Monday night in the championship game in Atlanta when
Georgia faces Alabama (the 40th bowl game) for college
football’s biggest prize.
That game alone will generate at least a $300 million
impact, according to past studies.
But let’s look at the overall impact of these 40 bowl games:
A report at the end of the 2015 season compiled by San Diego State University’s
Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and George Washington
University calculated the economic impact of all 40 bowl games at $1.5 billion.
This figure, of course, includes both direct and indirect spending.
The Rose Bowl is the “Granddaddy” of all bowl games and generates more than
$300 million in spending. It and the Tournament of Roses Parade is the largest
one-day attraction in the Los Angeles area – bigger than the Oscars.
These huge figures really tell only a portion of the story.
Here’s what the individual conferences will receive in payouts for these bowl
Big Ten – $89.5 million; $54 million in base payout plus $4 million for Ohio
State in the Cotton Bowl; $4 million for Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl and $27.5
million for Wisconsin’s Orange Bowl berth.
Normally, these proceeds are then split among all conference members.
ACC – $87.5 million
SEC – $70 million
Pac-12 – $62 million
Big 12 – $60 million
In 1955, there were only seven bowl games. Today, we have 40. And we’re
certain this billion dollar-plus enterprise will continue to escalate in the years ahead.
Everblades Close Out 2017 In First Place
The Florida Everblades hockey team closed out the year with a 7-1 victory over
Orlando to maintain their first-place lead in the ECHL South Division with a 22-5 -1-
2 season record.
The Everblades are on the road this weekend playing two games at South
Carolina and a single game at Atlanta.
1. Who was the last major-league team before the Chicago White Sox in 2016 to turn at least
three triple plays in a season?
2. Which two National League teammates combined for more than 130 stolen bases for four
consecutive seasons during the 1980s?
3. Lamar Jackson set a record in 2016 for most total touchdowns by a Louisville quarterback
(51). Who had held the school record?
4. In the 2015-16 season, Miami’s Hassan Whiteside became the second player in NBA
history to have at least 250 blocked shots and shoot 60 percent from the field for a season.
Who was the first?
5. Does Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby have more than 60 NHL playoff goals for his career?
6. What is the only current track where Kyle Busch has not won a NASCAR Cup points race?
7. Who was the last American male tennis player before Sam Querrey in 2017 (Wimbledon)
to reach a Grand Slam semifinal?
1. Oakland and Boston, both in 1979. 2 . St. Louis’ Vince Coleman and Ozzie Smith, 1985-88 .
3. Dave Ragone (2000) and Brian Brohm (2007) each tallied 33 TDs in a season. 4 . Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers, in the 1979-80 season (blocked shots were not kept as
a statistic until the 1973-74 NBA season). 5 . Crosby had 57 playoff goals entering the 2017-18
NHL season. 6 . Charlotte Motor Speedway. 7 . Andy Roddick, at Wimbledon in 2009.
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The Minnesota Twins, Lee Health
and Lee Health Foundation have
formed a partnership to develop
initiatives throughout spring training
plus in support of health and wellness
throughout Southwest Florida. The
partnership includes sponsorship of
the Twins’ upcoming baseball clinic
programs in Southwest Florida.
“The Minnesota Twins provide
a valuable platform for health and
wellness initiatives for fans, coaches
and players in Southwest Florida,” said
Skip Leonard, chief foundation officer
for Lee Health Foundation. “We are
excited to partner with the Twins and
look forward to continuing our focus on
community-wide healthy lifestyles and
The partnership will kick off with
a coaches clinic at the Century Link
Sports Complex Players Academy on
Saturday, January 13 from 8 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. The academy is located at
14112 Six Mile Cypress Parkway in
“The goal of the day is to provide
youth coaches with the opportunity
to become more educated and learn
valuable insight from professional
instructors so they can give their
players the finest possible experience in
the game,” said Mark Weber, manager
of Florida business operations for the
Minnesota Twins. “This is a great
kickoff to our Southwest Florida series
of free youth baseball clinics set to
begin on January 20.”
The coaches clinic, open to coaches
from across Southwest Florida, will
begin with a one-hour classroom
overview and then two hours of on-field
station demonstrations. The day will
conclude with a group question-and-
answer session. Coaches can register by
com. The clinic is free and limited to
150 coaches and will feature experts
on training/rehabilitation, strength and
conditioning, pitching and hitting.
According to Christin Collins, system
director of health and wellness for Lee
Health, “This partnership supports Lee
Health’s mission to empower healthier
lives through care and compassion.”
Collins added, “In addition to baseball
fundamentals, coaches will learn about
the importance of conditioning for
In addition to the clinics, Lee
Health will partner with the Twins in
presenting a Health and Wellness Fair
as part of the Twins’ Open House on
February 19. The event will be the first
official full team workout for the Twins
at Hammond Stadium. Following the
workout, youngsters will be allowed to
come on to the outfield for the annual
family fun clinic.
Once spring training starts, Lee
Health’s wellness team will be at the
stadium during select games to educate
fans alike on the importance of being
active. Multiple booths will be set up at
the stadium encouraging attendees to
count their steps and take part in the
seventh inning stretch.
For more information about the
clinics and other activities, contact
Brad McKenney at bradmckenney@
twinsbaseball.com or 1-800 -33 -TWINS.
For more information on health
and wellness, contact Tracy Siekmann
at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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