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Boise State Says Fiesta Bowl Undercut Tix

This year's transition from the BCS system to the College Football Playoff "is the latest reinvention" for the Vizio Fiesta Bowl, and the new system "has not been without problems," according to Peter Corbett of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Boise State officials and fans "are complaining about ticket ...

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MSU Struggling To Sell Cotton Bowl Tix

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic this year distributed 12,500 tickets to each participating team, and while Baylor sold out its allotment by Dec. 11, Michigan State "has about 5,000 still available," and may "have a hard time selling those because of third-party vendors and pricing restrictions,"&nb ...

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Montreal Not Embracing World Junior Tourney?

The World Junior Hockey Championship "has not elicited the same passion from Montrealers that their beloved Canadiens do," according to Christopher Curtis of the Montreal GAZETTE. Attendance at the Slovakia-Canada game Friday night was 14,142, and the announced crowd for Saturday night's Germany-Can ...

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Duck Commander Bowl Deal Still Not Done

The Independence Bowl and new title sponsor Duck Commander are "still working off a letter of intent, created in February," despite the South Carolina-Miami game taking place on Saturday in this year's contest, according to Roy Lang III of the SHREVEPORT TIMES. Independence Bowl execs "entered into ...

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Bowl Game Notes

In Pennsylvania, Donnie Collins notes the announced crowd of 49,012 for Saturday's New Era Pinstripe Bowl "was the largest" in the game's five-year history. Yankees President Randy Levine "credited the fan bases for making raising attendance at the bowl" for the fourth straight year in an era where ...

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Marlins Park Hosts First Bowl Game

While there was only a "modest crowd" of 20,761 on Monday afternoon for the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park, the game "deserves to be remembered for all of its entertainment value and drama from start to finish," according to Kurt Kragthorpe of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. With "any o ...

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Independence Bowl Faces Uncertainty

While this year's Independence Bowl "has brought positives -- a bold new title sponsor (Duck Commander), an SEC team, a terrific day/time, network TV partner (ABC) and a new video board/sound system at Independence Stadium -- the I-Bowl has been challenged with the unknown and adversity," according ...

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Is The NHL Winter Classic Lacking Buzz?

Whether it is "fair or not, the perception around the hockey world is that there is a distinct lack of buzz" surrounding this year's Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, according to Scott Burnside of ESPN.com. On social media, much of the early discussion for the Jan. 1 Blackhawks-Capitals game has been ...

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Host Cities Revealed For '15 Gold Cup

CONCACAF yesterday announced the host cities and venues for the '15 Gold Cup, which will be played July 7-26 in the U.S. The confederation also announced group seeds and group stage dates as well. Soccer United Marketing and CONCACAF had previously run a six-month RFP process to select the stadiums, ...

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TaxSlayer Bowl Prez Optimistic On Attendance

The Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl pits Tennessee (6-6) against Iowa (7-5), but event President & CEO Rick Catlett said the team records "don't mean as much" under the new bowl system, according to Chet Fussman of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. Catlett said, "Some fans locally and some of the sportswriters lik ...

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