ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Gildan New Mexico Bowl and ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today an extension with the Mountain West Conference. The 12-member league will continue to provide one of its bowl-eligible teams to the Albuquerque-based college football bowl game for the next six years, as it has since the Bowl’s inception in 2006.
Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Mountain West Conference Extend Relationship
MW will provide team for bowl through 2019
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Gildan New Mexico Bowl and ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today an extension with the Mountain West Conference. The 12-member league will continue to provide one of its bowl-eligible teams to the Albuquerque-based college football bowl game for the next six years, as it has since the Bowl’s inception in 2006.
“We are very excited to be able to extend this relationship with the Mountain West,” said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. “They have been an anchor in our game since we started and have played in some incredibly memorable contests. In turn, we have tried to provide Mountain West teams and their fans with a first class bowl experience and plan on doing that for many, many years to come.”
During this term, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl will collaborate with the Mountain West and its other bowl partners to determine the annual placement of teams, with an emphasis on geographic proximity and creation of the best possible match-ups for each market.
“Since its inception in 2006, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl has developed into a wonderful bowl partner,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. “Six of the current Mountain West members have played in the game, and I have heard nothing but positive comments from any of those participants. We look forward to continuing the relationship.”
The Mountain West is the winningest conference in Gildan New Mexico Bowl history at 4-3. The league has lost two straight after riding a four-year win streak from 2007-2010. Four of its current members, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming, have each played in two Gildan New Mexico Bowls.
The eighth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kick off the collegiate bowl season for the fifth straight year, and is scheduled to pit a member of the Mountain West against a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Kickoff from University Stadium in Albuquerque, is slated for Saturday, Dec. 21. It will air on ESPN HD and ESPN Radio at noon MST (2 p.m. EST).
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