Bowl Slate For 2015 Reaches 40 Games
With TV revenue for live sporting events continuing to rake in money, the NCAA is set to add a 40th bowl game in 2015, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.
That total is up from 28 in 2005-06, which then was considered a monstrous figure. Orlando now is the bowl capital of the nation, hosting the Russell Athletic Bowl, Capital One Bowl and the newly-minted Cure Bowl.
The Cure Bowl, which will benefit breast cancer-related charities, will debut in 2015 after it could not find a TV network in time to be certified for this season's lineup, ESPN reported.
The game will feature tie-ins with the American Athletic and Sun Belt Conferences. The group outside the "power conferences," which includes the Mountain West, Mid-American and Conference USA, has become hyper-aggressive about adding its own bowls to the lineup and largely is responsible for the five new bowls set to debut this season.
The number of bowls has held between 34 and 35 for the last six seasons. By 2015, the games will require 78 eligible FBS teams, as the College Football Playoff title game will feature two teams who already have won a bowl.
The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl was not renewed after last season, preventing the total from reaching 41 games.