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Friday / June 21.
  • Big East to Partner With Champs Sports Bowl

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    The Big East Conference has reached a four-year agreement with Florida Citrus Sports and the Champs Sports Bowl to send a team to the Orlando Fla., game beginning in the 2010 season.

    The Champs Sports Bowl will have the first selection from the Big East after the league’s BCS representative has been determined.  The Big East’s opponent for the game for 2010-13 is to be determined.  The payout to the Big East could reach $2.4 million.

    ”We are thrilled to be a partner with the Champs Sports Bowl, said Big East Commissioner John Marinatto. “I know our schools are very excited about the agreement.  Orlando is an outstanding destination for our teams and fans.  It’s going to be a great experience for everyone.  The Champs Sports Bowl is an outstanding addition to the Big East bowl lineup.”

    “We are very excited about gaining another top pick through the Big East and Notre Dame,” said Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports.  “If we are successful in signing our other planned selections, it will be tough to argue that Orlando doesn’t deliver the best week of the college football postseason.”

    The Champs Sports Bowl will have the opportunity to select Notre Dame once during the four-year agreement.

    The dates for the Champs Sports Bowl will remain Dec. 27, 28 or 29.  The game will have an exclusive window on ESPN.

    Big East teams compiled a 4-2 bowl record in 2008 and a 12-4 mark over the last three years.

    Since 1994, the Big East has had a relationship with the Gator Bowl that has included the conference’s top selection after the BCS representative has been determined.

    “We have been fortunate to have had a long and fruitful partnership with the Gator Bowl for 16 years,” said Marinatto. “We enjoyed the relationship, but our athletic directors and head football coaches were unanimous in the decision to forge a deal with the Champs Sports Bowl.”

    Here’s how the new Big East bowl allocation will look, courtesy of Brian Bennett of ESPN.com.

    1. BCS
    2. Champs Sports
    3. Sun
    4. Meineke
    5. Papajohns.com/International/Independence/EagleBank/New York City
    6. St. Petersburg
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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.