Entering its 17th season, The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been acquired by ESPN Regional Television who will be broadcasting the game, pending approval of a long-form agreement. This will make the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl the eighth bowl game to be owned and operated by ESPN. The 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be played on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is the nation’s longest running outdoor cold weather bowl. Formerly known as the Humanitarian Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been played annually at Bronco Stadium since 1997.
“This game has a long-standing history in the bowl landscape and we are privileged to have the opportunity to build upon the foundation created by the Executive Board and the staff,” Senior Vice President and GM, ESPN Regional Television, Pete Derzis said in a release.
The bowl will feature teams from the Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West Conference.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has provided memorable games for years, and 2012 was no exception as the Utah State Aggies poured on 28 points in the fourth quarter to close out the
Toledo Rockets, 41-15.
ESPN Regional Television broadcasts around the world, including seven college bowl games and eight college basketball games. These events reach nearly 64 million viewers each year. ESPN Regional Television also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
“In a challenging time of collegiate football; this acquisition secures a bright future for the bowl,” Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Executive Director Kevin McDonald said.
A bowl that consistently draws a crowd over 25,000 the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl brought an attendance of 29,243 to Bronco Stadium, and averaged 2.8 million viewers on ESPN.
“We are excited about the longevity of the game and what that means for the city of Boise, the bowl and its fans.” McDonald said.
The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has been a stepping stone for Boise State in the past 15 years. Boise State upset the Louisville Cardinals in the 1999 bowl game, posting a 10-3 season to win the Big West Conference.
With the bowl set in stone for the foreseeable future, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has the opportunity to grow under the ESPN networks.