Outback Bowl Live
Event Date: Monday, January 2, 2017
Where Place On : Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
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In the real world, when a team or unit performs admirably, they may receive some sort of cash bonus or material benefit to reward them for their efforts. In the word of collegiate athletics, the thought of that type of reward is absolutely laughable so instead, they receive “swag” for going to a bowl game. What is “swag,” you ask? Per SBD, the NCAA allows each bowl to award up to $550 worth of gifts to each player. Additionally, the school (Iowa) has the option of rewarding each player with gifts up to $400.
The “gift suite” is a bowl standard, where the players usually get to select one gift from 5-10 options. This reminds me of when I went to a work-event with my wife in Phoenix and they had gift suites. The choices were Oakley sunglasses, JBL headphones and Bluetooth speakers and different types of Ninja blenders (there were other choices but these stick out). Where, exactly, am I supposed to put the Ninja blender if Outback Bowl 2017 Live choose that as my gift? Do I just carry it on? But, no, I really hope they offer the players blenders.
The Fossil watch is another gift standard and I’m not sure why considering it isn’t 2002. Some Iowa players will still have their Fossil watches from the last Outback Bowl. Oh, and the Rose Bowl. Oh and from the TaxSlayer Bowl. That’s right, every bowl Iowa has played in since 2012 has handed out Fossil watches. Seniors like Beathard, King and Kittle will receive their fourth Fossil watch in four years. Ogio makes a nice duffle bag but wait what, a “Big Game” autographed football? Why would I want a ball signed by members of the Ohio State and Michigan football teams? Or is it Stanford v. Cal? Oh, THIS is what they’re talking about. Neat.
Per Wikipedia, the payout for the Outback Bowl is one of the highest for non-NY6 bowl games at $7.2 million. There are miscellaneous costs associated with the payout but each team is supposed to take home approximately $3.5 million. It’s worth noting, however, that Tennessee only took home $3.05 million from last season’s Outback Bowl. Of course, Iowa doesn’t simply get this money injected directly into their coffers. Thanks to the Big Ten revenue sharing agreement, the payout actually goes to the Big Ten, who then distributes it among the member institutions. So, for example, the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl payout was $2.7 million per team but Iowa only actually took home $2 million after the revenue was distributed.
At The Main Point of Outback Bowl Live Online:
Iowa actually lost money at the Rose Bowl, despite the payout being considerably larger than other bowls, but that likely had to do with LIVING THE DREAM in Pasadena. Cutting down on costs, despite what Ferentz says, might have something to do with Iowa shortening their stay in Tampa. This marks the fifth time the Hawkeyes have played in the Outback Bowl and their first appearance since the 21-14 loss to LSU in 2013. Overall, the Hawkeyes are 2-2 with dominating wins over Florida in 2004 and South Carolina in 2009 and close losses to Florida in 2006 (WE WERE ROBBED) and LSU in 2014. Iowa and Florida have played three times, all in postseason bowl games, with Florida winning the latest matchup in 2006 when Chad Greenway was obviously not offsides.
Florida finished the regular season 8-4, closing out with losses to FSU and Alabama in the SEC Championship. Despite being demolished by Alabama, 54-16, they only dropped two spots in the College Football Playoff Rankings. Traditionally a New Year’s Day game, the Outback Bowl Live Stream officials moved the game to Monday, January 2nd and also moved the kick back to 12:00 PM central time. It will be televised on ABC and tickets can be purchased through the University of Iowa or through Ticketmaster. It’s official. The University of Florida Gators will face the University of IowaHawkeyes at the 2017 Outback Bowl, the annual New Year’s Day contest at Raymond James Stadium.
“These are two quality teams and a match-up that fans are really going to enjoy watching,” Outback Bowl Chairman Steve Pratico, said. “We look forward to hosting the Hawkeyes and Gator teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have a memorable experience in the Tampa Bay area.” The Gators will represent the Southeastern Conference while the Hawkeyes will represent the Big 10. This marks the fifth time the Hawkeyes have played in the Outback Bowl. Both teams are 8-4 with the SEC East Division Champion Gators ranked No. 17 in the CFP Ranking and No. 20 in the AP Poll while the Hawkeyes are ranked No. 21 in the AP. It will be only the fourth time these teams have played in more than 125 seasons of their football history.
“Few bowls have the combination of location, hospitality and facilities that the Outback Bowl enjoys,” said Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin. The 2017 game will be played on Jan. 2. Over its history, the bowl has brought more than a million out-of-market visitors to the region while creating an estimated $1 billion in economic impact and distributing over $130 million to universities. Tickets to the upcoming game, which will be televised on ABC, are $80 each. Last year, the Tennessee Volunteers beat the Northwestern Wildcats in a 45-6 victory. Tennessee represented the SEC while Northwestern represented the Big 10