ESPN2 gains 2013 rights for Collegiate All-Star Game
Michelle Clancy | 21-12-2012
ESPN and the NFL Players Association today announced a multi-year agreement for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, a college all-star game featuring top draft-eligible seniors.
The 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be televised live on ESPN2 and be available via WatchESPN on Saturday, 19 January at 6pm ET. It will be broadcast live from The Home Depot Centre on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.
NFL prospects will be placed into two NFLPA Collegiate Bowl teams. ESPN analyst and former NFL player/coach Herm Edwards will coach the American Team, while Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil will coach the National Team.
For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participating draft-eligible seniors will receive an in-depth introduction to the union – the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.
The agreement also includes four hours of live coverage of the Collegiate Bowl practices on ESPNU on Thursday 17 January. ESPN commentators will be announced after the New Year.
The 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be the second edition of the all-star series. This is the first time the event will air on an ESPN network.
"The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl promises to be a great event featuring many draft eligible college players," said Leah LaPlaca, ESPN vice president of programming and acquisitions. "We look forward to televising the game and practices as part of ESPN's offseason football programming line-up leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft."