Dec 29, 2020 | ADMIN


One of the Most-Watched Pre-Christmas Bowl Games

BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 29, 2020) – The Boca Raton Bowl had a first-time live TV audience of over 1.5 million households, placing it as one of the most-watched pre-Christmas bowl games, according to TV ratings reports.

“We had a great matchup and the perfect evening for a football game,” said executive Director Doug Mosley. “I’m really pleased to see these very favorable reports and look forward to hearing the numbers on the total audience soon.”

The promise of an exciting, high-scoring game attracted a strong audience. BYU and UCF were two of the Top 10 scoring offenses in the nation. Additionally, there was significant anticipation about the head-to-head quarterback matchup between BYU’s Zach Wilson and UCF’s Dillion Gabriel, both of whom are expected to be selected in upcoming NFL drafts. In the end, Most Outstanding Player (Offense) honoree Wilson outdueled Gabriel to lead BYU to a 49-23 win.

The 2020 Boca Raton Bowl was aired on ESPN, where it had been carried in the bowl’s first five years and also played on a Tuesday evening. Last year it was played on a Saturday afternoon and aired on ABC where it drew 1.99 million households in its first-time live TV audience. Compared to the last time it aired on ESPN (in 2018), the audience was up 15 percent.

Additional audience numbers on global, streaming and re-airs will be available in the near term.

About the Boca Raton Bowl

The Boca Raton Bowl debuted in 2014 and has been well received in the community through its first six years. It has twice held the distinction of matching up two conference champions – Marshall University vs. Northern Illinois University (2014), and UAB vs. Northern Illinois (2018). In all, six conference champions and another three conference division champions have played in the game. Among the bowl’s alumni who have moved on to the NFL are current Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (FAU, 2017) and Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (Memphis, 2016).

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ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of 35 collegiate sporting events nationwide. The roster includes four early-season college football games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 400 hours of live programming, reaches nearly 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite office in more than 10 markets across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conference, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

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