2012 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Moving to a Saturday

April 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS - ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, and the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas have announced that the 2012 game will be played Saturday, Dec. 22, at 12:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. ET) at Sam Boyd Stadium. The 21st MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be televised nationally on ESPN, featuring the top choice from the Mountain West against the fifth pick from the Pac-12 Conference.

This will mark the sixth Saturday kickoff in MAACO Bowl Las Vegas history and first since 2008. It will also be the sixth day game in the event's history but the first since UCLA downed New Mexico 27-13 on Christmas Day 2002.

"Every year we study possible dates that make the most sense for the fans and teams as well as providing the most economic impact for Las Vegas," said Tina Kunzer-Murphy, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas executive director. "With the way the calendar worked out this year, we were excited to get back on a Saturday and also to be able to play in the sunshine."

Last year's edition - which attracted 35,720 fans to Sam Boyd Stadium - featured the highest-ranked team to appear in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas as No. 6 Boise State defeated Arizona State 56-24.

The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, which markets and owns a total of seven bowl games.

Tickets for this year's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will go on sale to the public Monday, June 4, and will remain at the same levels ($25, $35, $55, $100) as last year until Tuesday, Dec. 1, when prices will increase. For more information call (702) 732-3912 or log on to the official website: maacobowllv.com.


Maaco Inc.
2012 marks the fourth year that Maaco will serve as title sponsor of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. Since 1972 MAACO's impressive growth has secured a dominant 47% share of the U.S. automotive aftermarket paint market. With extraordinary brand recognition, nearly 500 MAACO franchise centers in the U.S. and Canada, and system-wide sales approaching one-half billion dollars, MAACO is recognized by consumers, experts in franchising and the media for overall excellence and growth potential. The company has been cited numerous times in Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500 survey as No. 1 in its category. MAACO Franchising Inc. headquarters are in King of Prussia, Pa. For more information, visit www.maaco.com.

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT's owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:

Collegiate Football : BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston); Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball : Anaheim Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (S.C.); Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Classic (Madison Square Garden); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); Sears BracketBusters and State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)

Collegiate Lacrosse : ESPNU Warrior Classic

Additional Events : Hawaiian Islands Invitational (Soccer) and ESPN National Golf Challenge

For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.