Seventh Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl to be Played December 15

April 27, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl announced that the seventh annual bowl game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M., and will once again be the first game played in college football's bowl season. The game, which is scheduled to feature a team from the Mountain West Conference against a team from the Pac-12 Conference, will kickoff at 11 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET and will air nationally on ESPN.

"It has become a holiday-time tradition in New Mexico for our game to be on a Saturday during the holiday season and we are very happy to be able to continue that," said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. "Kicking off the bowl season has been tremendous for our event and this is another chance for us to showcase Albuquerque and New Mexico to a national audience, to host another exciting game and for local fans to come out and enjoy a terrific event."

Last year's Gildan New Mexico Bowl saw the Temple Owls beat the Wyoming Cowboys 37-15 in the first game of the bowl season. The inaugural New Mexico Bowl was played on December 23, 2006 when San Jose State defeated New Mexico 20-12.

Tickets range from $25-$40 and can be purchased at the University of New Mexico Ticket Office located in The Pit, online at www.unmtickets.com, or by calling 925-5626 or 925-5999.

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

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