SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The Valero Alamo Bowl reached a 10-year extension with ESPN to continue its relationship that began with the inaugural game in 1993.
The agreement, which starts in December 2016, will include rights to the annual Valero Alamo Bowl across ESPN’s platforms through 2025.
“The Valero Alamo Bowl has been a significant contributor to ESPN’s bowl lineup since its inception in 1993 and we are pleased that it will continue to play a key role well into the next decade,” Ilan Ben-Hanan Vice President, College Sports Programming.
The game is currently in the second year of six year agreement to feature the first choice of teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences after the College Football Playoff selections.
The first year of this new arrangement delivered the first Top 15 match-up in bowl history last season as #14 UCLA outlasted #11 Kansas State 40-35. It was the seventh time in the last nine games where the outcome was undecided until the final minutes.
“This extension of our long-standing partnership with ESPN provides the Valero Alamo Bowl a tremendous platform for our title sponsor Valero and the city of San Antonio,” said Mike Yantis, Jr., Chairman of the Valero Alamo Bowl. “With all the competition for viewers, we are proud to partner with the Big 12, Pac-12 and ESPN to produce a game that consistently delivers outstanding ratings.”