Here’s All The Swag College Football Players Will Receive During Bowl Season

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Is there anything better than college football bowl season? At no other point would a normal individual (someone who’s not a degenerate gambler like myself) watch a South Alabama-Bowling Green matchup willingly and relatively enjoy the poor product on the field. It’s also the most wonderful time of the year for players–it’s the one instance where receiving gifts is totally cool with the NCAA. Each bowl game can hand out up to $550 worth of gifts to each player, and SportsBusiness Journal’s annual listing reports that $5.4 million will be spent on swag for this year’s bowl participants.

Here is what all that money looks like, in gift form:

From SportsBusiness Daily:

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Dec. 20, 11 a.m. (ESPN); New Orleans
Gift suite; Fossil watch

Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Dec. 20, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN); Albuquerque, N.M.
Gift suite; AudioSource Sound pop portable/mobile speaker; mobile phone charger and cord; Oakley Works backpack; Oakley Enduro sunglasses; Oakley fine knit beanie; cap; Gildan stadium blanket

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl
Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m. (ABC); Las Vegas
Gift suite; Oakley Works backpack

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Dec. 20, 5:45 p.m. (ESPN); Boise, Idaho
Gift suite; Ogio backpack; winter coat; winter gloves; winter beanie; Big Game football

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
Dec. 20, 9:15 p.m. (ESPN); Montgomery, Ala.
Gift suite; Fossil watch; cap; souvenir pylon; football

Miami Beach Bowl
Dec. 22, 2 p.m. (ESPN); Miami
Under Armour sunglasses; Under Armour cap; Oakley Halifax backpack; electronics product

Boca Raton Bowl
Dec. 23, 6 p.m. (ESPN); Boca Raton, Fla.
Gift suite

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Dec. 23, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN); San Diego
$395 Best Buy gift card; Fossil watch; cap

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl
Dec. 24, Noon (ESPN); Nassau, Bahamas
Gift suite; Ogio Marshall Pack backpack; New Era 39Thirty cap

Hawaii Bowl
Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN); Honolulu
Gift suite; Oakley Holbrook sunglasses; Oakley Works backpack; Tori Richard aloha shirt; Pro Athletics T-shirt and shorts/swim trunks; beach towel

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
Dec. 26, 1 p.m. (ESPN); Dallas
Gift suite; Ogio Marshall Pack backpack; beanie; Big Game football

Quick Lane Bowl
Dec. 26, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN); Detroit
$250 Best Buy gift card; Sony headphones; custom-made Fathead for each player, with his likeness; various apparel; football

Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl
Dec. 26, 8 p.m. (ESPN); St. Petersburg, Fla.
Gift suite; Oakley Breadbox sunglasses; Oakley Works backpack

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Dec. 27, 1 p.m. (ESPN); Annapolis, Md.
Microsoft Xbox One console; Under Armour backpack; Mighty Boom Ball speakers; beanie

Hyundai Sun Bowl
Dec. 27, 2 p.m. (CBS); El Paso, Texas
Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. watch; Ogio Politan backpack; Helen of Troy hair dryer; Majestic fleece pullover; Top of the World cap

Duck Commander Independence Bowl
Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. (ABC); Shreveport, La.
Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. watch; New Era ski cap; football

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN); Bronx, N.Y.
Variety of New Era products

National University Holiday Bowl
Dec. 27, 8 p.m. (ESPN); San Diego
$445 Best Buy gift card and shopping trip^; Fossil watch; cap

AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (ESPN); Memphis
Sol Republic Deck Ultra wireless bluetooth speaker; Bulova watch; Nike athletic shoes; Nike sport sandals; Nike sunglasses; Nike backpack; game ball

Russell Athletic Bowl
Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN); Orlando
$447 Best Buy gift card and shopping trip^; watch; athletic performance shirt

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
Dec. 29, 9 p.m. (ESPN); Houston
Gift suite; Adidas Team Speed duffel bag; cap; belt buckle

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Dec. 30, 3 p.m. (ESPN); Nashville
Gift suite; Fossil watch

Belk Bowl
Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN); Charlotte
Shopping trip to Belk department store; Fossil watch

Foster Farms Bowl
Dec. 30, 10 p.m. (ESPN); Santa Clara, Calif.
Gift suite; Fossil watch

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Dec. 31, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN); Atlanta
$300 Vanilla Visa gift card; Chick-fil-A gift card; Apple TV; Fossil watch; football

Vizio Fiesta Bowl
Dec. 31, 4 p.m. (ESPN); Glendale, Ariz.
Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio Rogue backpack

Capital One Orange Bowl
Dec. 31, 8 p.m. (ESPN); Miami Gardens, Fla.
Gift suite; Tourneau watch

Outback Bowl
Jan. 1, Noon (ESPN2); Tampa
$150 Best Buy gift card; Outback Steakhouse gift card; Fossil watch; Jostens ring; cap

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN); Arlington, Texas
Information not available; bowl committee would not disclose

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl
Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ABC); Orlando
$447 Best Buy gift card and shopping trip^; watch; athletic performance shirt

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN); Pasadena, Calif.
Gift suite; Fossil watch; Oakley Works backpack; New Era 59Fifty cap

Allstate Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN); New Orleans
Gift suite; Fossil watch; New Era cap

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Jan. 2, Noon (ESPN); Fort Worth, Texas
Gift suite; Ogio Marshall Pack backpack; beanie; Big Game football

TaxSlayer Bowl
Jan. 2, 3:20 p.m. (ESPN); Jacksonville
Panasonic gift suite; Fossil watch

Valero Alamo Bowl
Jan. 2, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN); San Antonio
GoPro Hero4 Silver camera and 32GB memory card; Fossil watch; Oakley Works backpack; Schutt mini helmet; panoramic photo

TicketCity Cactus Bowl
Jan. 2, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN); Tempe, Ariz.
Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio Rogue backpack

Birmingham Bowl
Jan. 3, 1 p.m. (ESPN); Birmingham, Ala.
Gift suite; Oakley sunglasses; beanie; hooded sweatshirt; Big Game football

GoDaddy Bowl
Jan. 4, 9 p.m. (ESPN); Mobile, Ala.
Sol Republic Tracks Air wireless/bluetooth on-ear headphones; watch; Coleman chair; military style backpack; Wilson football

College Football Playoff National Championship Game presented by AT&T
Jan. 12, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN); Arlington, Texas
Information not available; bowl committee would not disclose

* Gift suites are set up as private events prior to the game in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit. Roughly half the suites take place in the bowl’s host city, while the others are staged by the game’s committee on the campus of a participating college.

I have to say, some bowls really outshine the competition. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, you can keep your Fossil watches–the Military Bowl is giving everyone an Xbox One. Those folks are the real MVPs.

I can only imagine what Jerry Jones and everyone at AT&T have up their sleeves for the national championship game.

[via Sports Business Daily]

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