Outback Bowl Preview Special Highlights Tampa Bay Across the Nation

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During the half-hour Outback Bowl Preview Special, which will be televised on multiple ESPN TV networks in the days leading up to the game, the Tampa Bay region will receive positive exposure throughout the nation.

The Tampa Bay region will be highlighted on the Outback Bowl Preview Show, which will air on ESPN networks leading up to the New Year's Day game.

The Outback Bowl Preview Show will highlight the Tampa Bay region when it airs on ESPN TV networks beginning December 29, 2019.

We hope the show will help viewers see all the ways the Outback Bowl is so much more than just a game.

On New Year’s Day, viewers across the world will be able to watch the No. 9 Auburn Tigers take the field against the No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers in The Outback Bowl. The Bowl will be telecast on ESPN TV and available to an international audience

However, the Tampa Bay area will receive additional exposure in the days leading up to the game during a half-hour Outback Bowl Preview Special, which will be televised at least four times throughout the nation on multiple ESPN TV networks while highlighting beautiful sites, cultural assets, and charitable organizations across the Tampa Bay region.

“This show will not only promote the game but will showcase the Tampa Bay area and the impact the Outback Bowl has on the region,” said Jim McVay, President/CEO of the Outback Bowl. “We hope the show will help viewers see all the ways the Outback Bowl is so much more than just a game.”

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

Additionally, this year’s show will give insight into the Bowl’s Charitable Giving Initiative, which has given $1.5 million in support to more than 110 charitable organizations across Tampa Bay. Earlier in 2019, the Outback Bowl announced their ongoing commitment to charitable giving – over the next six years, the Bowl will give an additional $3 million to charities throughout the region.

“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase the importance of giving back to charity, as well as the amazing things locally-based non-profits are doing for our region on a national stage,” said McVay.

The current schedule for the special includes 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 34th game this year and will be played on January 1st at 1:00 PM ET in Raymond James Stadium. Tickets to the game are available through Ticketmaster at http://www.Ticketmaster.com. For additional information or special ticket packages, contact the Outback Bowl office at (813) 874-2695.

For more information on Outback Bowl events, area hotels, restaurants and attractions, visit the Outback Bowl online at http://www.outbackbowl.com.

The Outback Bowl attracts local fans and visitors from more than 40 states each year for the game and week of events while generating tens-of-millions of dollars in exposure for the region. The Bowl boasts the longest title sponsor in bowl game history, with Outback Steakhouse celebrating its 25th year with the game. The Bowl has contributed over $155 million to universities over its history and is estimated to have generated more than $1 billion in economic impact for the Tampa Bay area over this time. It has also contributed more than $1.5 million to area charities since 2016 and has committed to paying an additional $39 million to universities and donating at least $3 million more to charities through the 2026 game.

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