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Big Ten, Detroit Lions officially announce bowl agreement

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Following up on a report that surfaced in May, the Detroit Lions have announced a six-year partnership with the Big Ten Conference for a bowl game to be played at Ford Field beginning in 2014.

The official title and sponsor of the game are TBD, and the tentative date is Dec. 30.

“We are thrilled to be hosting a new bowl game in Detroit that will be anchored by an annual commitment from the Big Ten,” said Detroit Lions Team President Tom Lewand in a statement. “In addition to showcasing our city and its rich football tradition, this game will be an opportunity for fans to enjoy a postseason matchup featuring one of college football’s best conferences.”

ESPN’s report two months ago said that the Big Ten will play an opponent from the ACC. The Little Caesars Bowl, which has been held in Ford Field, placed teams from the Big Ten and MAC.

“We are pleased to join with the Detroit Lions in creating this new postseason bowl game in Detroit,” Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said. “The city of Detroit has played host to as many big-time sporting events as any other major city in America, from NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and Regional games to the Super Bowl, World Series and NBA Finals. The support of the business and community leaders of Detroit coupled with a world-class facility in Ford Field and Detroit Lions’ management of the game will result in a meaningful experience for Big Ten teams and their fans.”

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9 Responses to “Big Ten, Detroit Lions officially announce bowl agreement”
  1. polegojim says: Jul 17, 2013 4:53 PM

    Supporting Big D… every little bit helps.


  2. mtheparrothead says: Jul 17, 2013 5:07 PM

    A meaningless bowl game, in Detroit, in the middle of winter. Christ, I’m originally from the d and this still sounds horrible. Rather catch a wings regular season game.

  3. pajoe says: Jul 17, 2013 7:31 PM

    Possible titles and sponsors are:

    Bankruptcy Bowl by Cohen, Licstein and Goldberg law firm.

    Dodgin Bullets Bowl by The NRA.

    Union City Bowl by Frankie, Anthony, Rocco and Vito (Refused to give their last names).

    Equality Bowl by various liberal organizations (free ticket with your welfare card).

  4. bertenheim says: Jul 17, 2013 7:59 PM

    Brian Bennett of ESPN asked:
    Do you want to wake up in Detroit on New Years Eve?

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:55 PM

    Oh boy, a 6-6 BIG team (like Purdue) against a 5-7 ACC team (like Wake Forest) – if they’re lucky. I can’t wait.

  6. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    I always wonder why so many people belittle the minor bowls and their locations. I grant you that Detroit is not known as a resort town; however, all most fans want is a hotel room, restaurant, bar and tickets to the game.

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jul 18, 2013 2:06 PM

    Opps! I forgot to mention that 2 equally matched teams can be a very entertaining game.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 18, 2013 4:25 PM

    Detroit just filed for bankruptcy so…. I guess they really do need this bowl….

  9. matt2calvin says: Jul 21, 2013 10:10 AM

    schools from these conferenced travel very well. They will go to Detroit (not very far or expensive) to see the game indoors, ride the people mover (indoors) to the casino (indoors) and have fun.

    You can dump on Detroit all you like, but the venue is great for a football game.

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