ACC and Orange Bowl Committee Announce Opponent and Broadcast Partner
November 17, 2012Richmond High School
GREENSBORO, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Orange Bowl Committee
announced today that the Discover Orange Bowl will annually feature the ACC Champion
against an opponent from the Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference or
University of Notre Dame as part of the 12-year agreement that begins following the
2014 season. In addition, ESPN will serve as the broadcast partner, and the historic
bowl game will either be played in an exclusive prime-time window New Year's Eve or
on New Year's Day, pending the schedule of the new collegiate postseason playoff
The selection of the opponent will be based on the guiding principle of securing the
highest-ranked team in the final standings available from the Big Ten, SEC or Notre
Dame, but will also utilize criteria that shares the minimum appearance standards as
agreed upon by all parties. The standards include at least three guaranteed
appearances over the 12 years for both the Big Ten and the SEC and a maximum of two
with no minimum for Notre Dame.
"We are pleased to have finalized our long-term partnership which brings tremendous
exposure and value to the ACC and our member institutions," said ACC Commissioner
John Swofford. "The Discover Orange Bowl has a rich history of prestige and
featuring our teams against opponents from the Big Ten, SEC and potentially Notre
Dame provides attractive matchups year in and year out. The opportunity to partner
with ESPN to showcase the game on either New Year's Eve or New Year's Day provides
us with a terrific way for fans to ring in the New Year in South Florida."
"The Orange Bowl Committee is truly excited about the completion of our bowl matchup
with the ACC Champion by solidifying that their opponent will be from either the Big
Ten, SEC or Notre Dame, at a special time of year in beautiful South Florida.
Undoubtedly this arrangement will provide tremendous national visibility and
generate significant economic impact to the South Florida Community," said O. Ford
Gibson, Orange Bowl Committee president and chair. "The Orange Bowl values our
special partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference, as we are looking forward to
strengthening our already deep relationships with the Big Ten, SEC and Notre Dame."
"Our continued media partnership with ESPN is of great importance to the Discover
Orange Bowl property," said Eric Poms, Orange Bowl Committee chief executive
officer. "The worldwide leader in sports brings the optimal platform to annually
showcase one of college football's great traditions."
"A game pitting the ACC champion against the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame ensures a
great match up for sports fans," said John Skipper, ESPN President. "The Orange Bowl
has a great history and we are very proud to be part of extending that into the next
"We are very excited to reach agreement with the ACC to provide a highly regarded
football opponent at the Orange Bowl following select seasons from 2014-2026," said
Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. "The ACC plays great college football and our
fans have a deep respect for the historic Orange Bowl tradition. If previous Orange
Bowl appearances are any indicator, I am confident that our fans will travel in
great numbers to South Florida; and that those who can't be there in person, will
tune in to ESPN to watch these exciting postseason contests."
"The tradition of the SEC playing in the Orange Bowl began over 75 years ago and
since that time we have played in 39 Orange Bowls," said SEC Commissioner Mike
Slive. "We are pleased to renew this long standing relationship with the Orange Bowl
and appreciate having the opportunity to compete in front of a national audience on
ESPN against the ACC."
"The Orange Bowl qualifies as one of the most prestigious events in college
football's postseason and Notre Dame has played a part in that history, three times
playing number-one ranked teams in our five previous appearances," said Notre Dame
Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick. "We are honored to partner with two of the premier
conferences, the SEC and the Big Ten, to make certain the ACC will have a top-flight
opponent on a regular basis."
As was previously released, the ACC selected the Discover Orange Bowl to be its
annual contract bowl partner, serving as the home of the ACC Champion in the new
postseason college football arrangement recently announced by the BCS Presidential
Oversight Committee. If the ACC Champion is identified as one of the top four teams
by the Bowl Championship Series selection committee, then the ACC Champion will
participate in the national semifinals and a replacement team from the ACC would
participate in the Discover Orange Bowl.
In addition to the partnership between the ACC and the Orange Bowl Committee, it is
anticipated that the Orange Bowl will host at least four semifinal games in the new
postseason college football structure. In the years that the Orange Bowl serves as a
semifinal host, the ACC Champion would then participate in one of the three host
bowls that will be established as per the direction of the BCS Presidential
The Discover Orange Bowl has been the home of the ACC Champion since 2006 and in the
first seven years of partnership, five different ACC teams have competed. Throughout
the 78-year history, nine of the current ACC institutions have played in at least
one Orange Bowl.
About the Atlantic Coast Conference
The Atlantic Coast Conference is now in its 60th year of competition, the ACC has
long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive
intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league's inception in 1953, ACC
schools have captured 127 national championships, including 67 in women's
competition and 60 in men's. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC
student-athletes 145 times in men's competition and 104 times in women's action. For
more information, visit theACC.com<http://www.theACC.com>.
About the Orange Bowl
The Orange Bowl is a 348-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization
that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl Festival
features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl
on January 1, 2013 and the Discover BCS National Championship on January 7, 2013.
Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic,
Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl
International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series and Orange
Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2012-13 Orange Bowl Festival
and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the
Ambassador Program, log on to www.orangebowl.org<http://www.orangebowl.org>.