Inaugural NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl to Kick-Off in Tucson on December 29

PHOENIX, Ariz. (October 1, 2015) - The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission (ASEC) announced today that the NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl will be played at Arizona Stadium in Tucson on Tuesday, December 29 at 5:30 p.m. MST.

Earlier this year, an application was submitted to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) by ASEC Chief Operating Officer, Alan Young and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) chaired by, Ali J. Farhang. Sanctioned by the NCAA in March 2015, the bowl game is the third in Arizona and will feature two teams from among the Mountain West Conference, Conference USA and the Sun Belt Conference.

"Our organization's charter is to promote the state and its many communities through sports and we know this bowl game will indeed do just that," said Young. "We are excited to see a NCAA bowl game return to Tucson and we anticipate the community will support it well into the future."

The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl is the first-ever bowl game to have a digitally-focused broadcast strategy to be orchestrated by primary digital media partner, Campus Insiders. Details and technology partnerships along with the linear television broadcast partner will be announced at a later date.

"We look forward to making college football history," said Crowley Sullivan, Executive Vice President Campus Insiders. "As the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl game media partner, our goal is to create an enhanced fan experience by giving viewers a unique way to enjoy college football."

The University of Arizona Eller College of Management confirmed the economic impact of the bowl game is projected to be approximately $25 million, generated primarily by tourism and recreational activities and the creation of part-time jobs. In addition, game organizers expect the event to produce nearly 3,000 room bookings during game week.

Philanthropic beneficiaries through the partnership with ASEC, Mountain West Conference and Campus Insiders include United Way of Tucson and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Arizona.

To view playback of the news conference coverage, visit www.CampusInsiders.com.

About the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl was sanctioned in March 2015 as the 41st NCAA college football game and the third bowl game staged in Arizona. Kicking off in December 2015, the bowl game will feature two teams from among the Mountain West Conference, Conference USA and the Sun Belt Conference. The NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl is dedicated to promoting community engagement and support in the Tucson area. For more information about the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, or for ticket information, visit www.azbowlgame.com.

About the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission
The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission is a non-profit organization created in 1988. The Commission collaborates with hundreds of partners to help fulfill the mission of bringing national and international sporting events to the state, assisting in the promotion of existing events and Arizona sports teams, and developing youth sports programs throughout the Valley. In 1999, it assumed oversight of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, the Grand Canyon State Games. For more information about the Commission call 602.258.6272 or visit www.azsportsent.com.

About Campus Insiders
Campus Insiders, a Silver Chalice Network, is the premier online destination and leading content source for college sports fans. Campus Insiders features high-quality content, including live studio shows, video-on-demand (VOD), nearly 3,000 live games and more, available on multiple platforms and distribution points. For more information, visit www.CampusInsiders.com.

About NOVA Home Loans
NOVA Home Loans has served the needs of homeowners and homebuyers since 1980. We are able to originate loans in 12 states. In 2001, we merged our flexibility as a mortgage broker with the efficient service of a mortgage bank to create a better way of lending. Efficiency and teamwork are the keys to our accelerated loan delivery. Loan applications are handled in-house from start to finish - eliminating the need to ship your application around the country for underwriting, approval and document preparation. For more information, visit www.novahomeloans.com.

About the Mountain West Conference
From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. Now in its 17th year, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women's soccer, respectively.

About the Conference USA
Conference USA enters its third decade in 2015-16 as it continues to compete and promote the success of its student-athletes. The league has adapted to the ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics over its first 20 seasons, but the commitment to excellence, integrity, leadership and its student athletes in competition, academics and community is unwavering. Conference USA enjoys a far-reaching fan base with its 14 members: Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UTSA and WKU.

About the Sun Belt Conference
The Sun Belt Conference's "Together We Rise" motto isn't just hyperbole. It's proven fact on many different levels, not the least being its place in the hierarchy of collegiate athletics. As the league prepares to celebrate four decades since its founding in 1976, the Sun Belt occupies a "seat at the table" as a permanent part of the NCAA's 24-member Board of Directors. The Sun Belt Conference's membership consists of 11 football members - Appalachian State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Idaho, UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, New Mexico State, South Alabama, Texas State and Troy. Little Rock and UT Arlington compete in all-sports as non-football members while Idaho and New Mexico State are football only members.