Not too much to add here. The MAC and Sun Belt have both agreed to continue playing in the GoDaddy.com bowl in Mobile, Alabama through at least 2017. There is also a new internship opportunity for one MAC school student who wants to work in city government.
Here is the full press release:
For Immediate Release– The Mid-American Conference announced today a new four-year contract extension with long-time Mobile, Alabama bowl partner, the GoDaddy.com Bowl, through the 2017 football season.
“We are extremely happy to extend our long-established and successful bowl partnership with the GoDaddy.com Bowl and the city of Mobile,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, MAC Commissioner. “Our membership, most importantly our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans, continually enjoy an outstanding experience with the bowl festivities and the hospitality provided by the GoDaddy.com Bowl, President Jerry Silverstein and the entire city of Mobile.”
A bowl partner with the MAC since 2001, the Mobile-based bowl was originally named the GMAC Bowl for nine years (2001-2009) before current bowl sponsor GoDaddy.com joined for the 2010 football season. GoDaddy.com has been bowl sponsor for the last two years (2010-11).
“Our relationships with both conferences continue to grow and mature and we are pleased to have them continue to be a part of our game. The MAC has been associated with our game for 12 years and the Sun Belt for three years. We have had many memorable games as evidenced by the TV ratings, our title sponsorship and games that have become instant classics on ESPN,” said Jerry Silverstein, GoDaddy.com Bowl President.
“This game produced the 10th most memorable game in college football history. Fans, student athletes, alumni, and coaches continue to rave about their experience in Mobile. The city continues to support all of the events leading up to the game itself. Without the great support we receive from of the City of Mobile, the County, our title sponsor, GoDaddy.com and these two conferences, hosting these events would not be possible.”
New to the partnership between the MAC and the GoDaddy.com Bowl will be an internship for the city of Mobile. This opportunity will be provided for one student from the MAC who has a career interest in city government or urban development to work with the city of Mobile beginning in 2013.
The MAC has an 8-3 record in 11 bowl games in Mobile, Ala. Last year, Northern Illinois defeated Arkansas State, 38-20 on Jan. 8, 2012, to win the GoDaddy.com Bowl.