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 Post subject: No More "Peach" Bowl
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:25 pm 
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>:(From AJC.com today.


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Bowl game no longer Peachy
Chick-fil-A to hold exclusive naming rights starting in '06

By TONY BARNHART
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 12/15/05

Chick-fil-A is eating the Peach.

The fast-food giant, which has been the title sponsor of the Peach Bowl since 1997, will acquire exclusive naming rights to the Atlanta bowl game beginning next season, when it will simply be called the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

The Peach Bowl board of directors voted Thursday to accept Chick-fil-A's five-year, $22 million bid to rename the game, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The bowl will give up the tradition of the Peach name it has used since 1968, hoping the deal sparks a future run at a spot in college football's Bowl Championship Series.

"This is a great deal for us," said Steve Robinson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A. "Our goal when we came on board nine years ago was to build our brand both regionally and nationally and to help the bowl grow into one of the premier events in the country. We feel this deal is a big step in that direction."

The previous contract was for three years and about $9 million. The new deal will roll over every year so that the two parties always will have a five-year contract. Included in that $22 million is an annual commitment to ESPN, which broadcasts the game, for the company's first-ever national television advertising buy.

With the commitment from Chick-fil-A, the bowl will be able to increase its per-team payout from the current $2.4 million to more than $3 million per year beginning in 2006. That would give the Chick-fil-A Bowl the second-highest payout among non-BCS bowls. The Capital One Bowl in Orlando is expected to pay each of its teams $5.19 million this season.

"To get our bowl into this position has been our goal since we started these talks with Chick-fil-A," said Gary Stokan, the bowl's president. "Yes, we say goodbye to 38 years of tradition with the Peach Bowl. But we believe — and our board of directors agreed — that there are going to be opportunities out there for us in the future, and this puts us in good position to take advantage of those opportunities."

One of those immediate opportunities is an upgrade in the team selection order. Currently, the Peach gets the No. 3 pick from the ACC and the No. 4 or No. 5 pick from the SEC. The bowl has had discussions with both leagues about moving up in the order.

"Our goal is to improve our current picks from the ACC and SEC and to take the bowl to the next level," said Leeman Bennett, the former Falcons coach and the game's chairman. "Obviously, you can't do that unless you have a very good partner. Today, Chick-fil-A stepped up and showed that it is a great partner."

Of the two leagues, it appears the ACC is closest to climbing on board and awarding the Chick-fil-A its No. 2 pick. Those discussions are ongoing.

"It's a place where fans love to go and players love to play," said ACC commissioner John Swofford, who played in the Peach Bowl for North Carolina in 1970. "We've had some very good discussions. Without question, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has a prominent place in our future and possibily more prominent than it has been in the past."

The bowl also is keeping an eye on the BCS, which begins a new four-year deal next season. BCS critics hope that at the end of that deal college football will add a fifth site to create what it calls a "plus-one" model, essentially creating a one-game championship after the four BCS games are played.

This contract will allow the Peach to increase its payout and build its cash reserves in order to be a serious player if that time comes.

"We want to build the bowl to the point where we can walk through a door of opportunity if it ever presents itself," Robinson said. "We may choose not to try for the BCS. But we want the option, should we ever get the chance."

Giving exclusive naming rights to a corporate sponsor is not unusual in the bowl business.The Chick-fil-A will be the eighth bowl to do so. All but four of the 28 bowls — Fort Worth, Motor City, Independence, Rose — have a corporate sponsor in their title.

"[The title] was something we wanted when we came on board in 1997, but we hadn't earned it back then," Robinson said. "Now we feel that we have and we're grateful for the opportunity."


This sucks! Like most Atlantan's who've already logged onto the paper's forum this feels like a blow to the community. At least the moniker Peach Bowl retained a hint of the tradition of college football and the character of the host city. I seriously do not see how Chic-Fil-A is going to make that much more profit out of this, and I've already dropped the company and a bowl committee a line about my displeasure and intention to redirect my business elsewhere. Truett Cathy has done a lot for Georgia, but this stinks coming at a time when Atlanta is making progress as an urban destination coming into its own.

I also love the line about how the Bowl hopes to move into the BCS someday and thinks this will help them do it. Their logic (I'm assuming) is to establish a pedigree of deep sponsorship and the ability to rank with the other big boys. a) Did they fail to notice all the BCS bowls retained their classic namesake? b) Does this meager step make that much of a difference? Seriously, if the Peach were able to inherit the BCS status they don't think someone would've ponied up the extra $ unless they could drop the "Peach" moniker?

I don't care if this does raise the profile of my ACC. It all but pushes me completely over toward the playoff side of things.

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 Post subject: No More "Peach" Bowl
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:09 pm 
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Gunnerfan, I do fill your pain as many of college football traditions have fallen for the big bucks.

I am guessing this will help the Peach replace the Gator for the first pick of ACC team after BCS.

This should make you happy especially if Ga Tech were to get to the ACC championship game in a couple years.

Not sure if the BCS will take away the Sugar Bowl especially if the Super Dome is repaired as expected in the next year.

The Peach could take on the role of host of the new fifth BCS bowl.

College football needs to take some control away from the Rose, Orange, Sugar, and Fiesta. Why should this bowls get a double dipper every four years in the BCS.

I tend to think this has more positive benefits than negative for the greater Atlanta area.

Atlanta should be a BCS city and will be this year and probably will be as successful as any of the other three cities in hosting one of the big four games in 2005.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:11 pm 
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a) The ACC should only offer up its #2 to the Peach if they secure a New Years Day time slot and/or the SEC selection is improved. Generally the Peach's SEC entrant is respectable, particularly LSU this year. But considering how much the ACC is trying to upgrade its bowl status, I fail to see how having your 2nd best team play another leagues 5th option before New Year's Day is considered attractive. (As we're witnessing to a degree with the BE, MWC, and CUSA.) I appreciate the supposed upgrade in value the ACC product has found (at the BE expense), but there's a point when the net return isn't worth the wheeling and dealing.

b) I'm torn on the Peach Bowl/Atlanta in the BCS thing. For one this would remove the ACC's #2 bowl option without a viable replacement. Secondly, if this is to become a BCS bowl then the City or somebody better step up to have the Peach moniker reinstated because that would be vital to the marketing of the community. I can see it now: "It appears Michigan fans can order their tickets to Atlanta, as the fans rain the field with chicken sandiches (with pickles)."

Atlanta is getting better as a destination, but it's struggled landing a return by the Super Bowl because of the winter climate. It ain't Chicago, but it's hardly Miami or LA, either. (We're in a stretch of freezing nights and ice warnings right now.) Maybe this kind of thing could help spur more attractions besides shopping malls.

As a conference destination Atlanta rose to prominence on a convenient arrangement of great airport with rail to downtown, lots of hotels and meeting space and a plethora of clubs; both golf and strip. The result was a lot of business conferences with clientele that didn't bring their families or stay past Friday. Now more cities have as much and often better conference space and certainly more things to do and Atlanta is losing conference business left and right to places like Orlando, LV, Denver and San Antonio. Since the primary customers for a college bowl game are more families (as opposed to adults for the Super Bowl) I just don't know if a BCS bowl could succeed in Atlanta. I've always felt the Cotton should be #5 if the Cowboys get their new house.


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 Post subject: No More "Peach" Bowl
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:43 pm 
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Gunnerfan, not sure I would want to see peaches through out on the field by Michigan fans either. Especially if they were ripe. In fact a food fight might be fitting. Just think if we had the tomato bowl.

Do agree on Peach needing to move to New Year's day and getting the second or at minimum third SEC team.

You left out Phoenix in your comparable cities. Phoenix is wonderful for the bowl season as our climate just cant be beat. Actually this time of year, Phoenix is better football climate than my old home town in Miami.
Nothing better than taking a driving trip out the Grand Canyon while taking in a BCS bowl game. Great fun for the entire family.

I have been to Dallas when it down right cold. Freezing in fact. I really don't see much difference in climate of Dallas and that of Atlanta.

Of course got to get a bit of BE propaganda in here. If Atlanta were to host the fifth BCS game, the BE could be the host conference.

The Peach or Chicken or whatever could continue as second tier bowl for second place SEC and ACC teams.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 10:23 am 
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What do you expect from bowl games? (NOTE: I originally fat-fingered "bowel games," and I'm sure Freud would approve.)

Driving to Grand Canyon via Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon, THAT's awesome. Check first for local road conditions...


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 Post subject: No More "Peach" Bowl
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While I am a bowl supporter (IOW don't want a playoff), I hate this kind of bowl name carousel crap! When are they going to realize that NOBODY gives a @#&$* who the sponser of a bowl is? While we may indeed support those sponsers of the bowl and recognize their sponsership, ultimately, we do not care that much. We DO hate selfish name changes that have no impact on the effectiveness of the sponsership. In fact, it may even have the opposite effect. I HATE Chick-fil-a now. They've taken away a classic old bowl.


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 Post subject: No More "Peach" Bowl
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2007 2:16 pm 
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The Corporate sponsorship of Bowl Games reached it's zenith with (I am not making this up): The Poulin Weed-Whacker Indepence Bowl" (I think this was in the late 1980s...)

Wouldn't that just look retarted on a plaque in your trophy case ?

The best comment on bowl names was by the coach of Nebraska (not sure if it was Devaney or Osborne, at the time).
The team had just defeated Oklahoma to win the Big 8 Title, and a trip to the Orange Bowl. Fans in the stands started pelting the field, and the Nebraska bench and players with oranges.
The Nebraska coach was being interviewed, and was asked about being showered with oranges, to which he replied:
"I'm just glad we're not going to the Gator Bowl !!!"


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