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by: AnthonyP On  Tuesday, December 23, 2008

College Football Bowl Game GiftsTotal Pro Sports -  We were doing some research on the upcoming NCAA College Football Bowl Season, when we came across some information that we found to be very interesting.  I definitely didn’t know this, maybe you did.

Did you know that the participants in the BCS Bowl Games (The Football Players) receive benefits or so called gifts from the Bowl Game Sponsors?

No wonder the the NCAA doesn’t want to change the current BCS system to a playoff system like every other sport in college to determine a winner.  With all the TV deals and sponsorship money that the teams and the NCAA is making off these individual Bowl games, how can you change something that is making you millions upon millions of dollars?

What we find to be pretty odd is that if a potential manager or agent who is seeking a future prospect gives them a ride to the game, airport, or for that matter buys them dinner, the NCAA immediately cries about breaking the rules.  This so called gift or benefit does not go unnoticed by the NCAA, the player will most likely lose sometimes lose their scholarship and the school will also be handed a penalty.

So why is it right that the NCAA allows their sponsors to give gifts to the players in the Bowl Game and that potential agents or managers get reprimanded for this?

Just take a look at some of the gifts given to this years Bowl player participants, never mind the Championship Ring the school buys for the team, I would rather have these gifts.
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Some Of The Best 2008 BOWL GIFTS TO PARTICIPANTS

  • The Rose Bowl - Sony DVD camcorder, Fossil watch, Oakley sunglasses; New Era 59fifty hat, Ogio backpack, One-year ESPN The Magazine subscription
  • The Valero Alamo Bowl - Sony 80-gigabyte PS3 system with game, Fossil watch
  • The Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl – Wii System bundle package, Oakley Holeshot Three-Hand watch, Oakley Hijinx sunglasses; hat

Fair or not, that’s not for the fans to decide.  Rules for gifts and benefits to players we think have to be changed.  There is no reason why an athlete should not reap some of the rewards the school makes from their teams.  Were not saying to pay them millions of dollars, but along with the full ride, room and board, and food.  A weekly allowance should also be included so they can live a normal life like people who are not in the spotlight.

Do you think it’s possible for such a star and icon like Tim Tebow to get a part time job at Dicks Sporting Goods?

2008 BOWL GIFTS TO PARTICIPANTS
Bowl Electronics Watch/Ring Apparel/
Sunglasses
Luggage Other
EagleBank
Dec. 20, 11 a.m., Washington, D.C., ESPN
Sony 8-inch portable DVD player   Wool hat   50-by-60-inch custom-woven EagleBank Bowl afghan
New Mexico
Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m., Albuquerque, ESPN
RCA video camcorder Oakley Holeshot Three-Hand watch Oakley beanie; New Era cap Ogio travel bag, Oakley backpack One-year ESPN The Magazine subscription
St. Petersburg
Dec. 20, 4:30 p.m., St. Petersburg, Fla., ESPN2
Pure Digital Flip mini-camcorder; Sony noise-canceling headphones   Floppy hat and Ogio bag  
Pioneer Las Vegas
Dec. 20, 8 p.m., Las Vegas, ESPN
Wii System bundle package Oakley Holeshot Three-Hand watch Oakley Hijinx sunglasses; hat    
R+L Carriers New Orleans
Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m., New Orleans, ESPN
  Balfour watch, Balfour ring Nike apparel    
San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia
Dec. 23, 8 p.m., San Diego, ESPN
Apple 8-gigabyte iPod Touch Tommy Hilfiger watch Sport-Tek hooded sweatshirt   Best Buy $50 gift certificate
Sheraton Hawaii
Dec. 24, 8 p.m., Honolulu, ESPN
Kicker iKick500 iPod/iPhone dock   Kahala Aloha shirt, Oakley Hijinx sunglasses Oakley backpack  
Motor City
Dec. 26, 8 p.m., Detroit, ESPN
  Timely Watch Co. watch   Two pieces of Mercury luggage  
Meineke Car Care
Dec. 27, 1 p.m., Charlotte, ESPN
Pure Digital Flip mini-camcorder Fossil watch Fossil sunglasses Armor Gear backpack  
Champs Sports
Dec. 27, 4:30 p.m., Orlando, ESPN
Party at Best Buy Commemorative watch     $400 of spending at Best Buy*
Emerald
Dec. 27, 8 p.m., San Francisco, ESPN
Sony noise-canceling headphones Fossil watch Cap Armor Gear rolling duffel bag  
Independence
Dec. 28, 8:15 p.m., Shreveport, La., ESPN
  Timely Watch Co. watch New Era cap   Trek mountain bike
Papajohns.com
Dec. 29, 3 p.m., Birmingham, Ala., ESPN
Pure Digital Flip mini-camcorder; Sony noise-canceling headphones   Knit cap Ogio bag  
Valero Alamo
Dec. 29, 8 p.m., San Antonio, ESPN
Sony 80-gigabyte PS3 system with game Fossil watch      
Roady’s Humanitarian
Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m., Boise, Idaho, ESPN
Sony camcorder   Winter jacket, gloves, hoodie sweatshirt, skullcap, baseball cap    
Texas
Dec. 30, 8 p.m., Houston, NFL Network
Party at Best Buy Swisstek watch Under Armour HeatGear long-sleeve T-shirt, Twister pants and cap; commemorative belt buckle Toppers backpack $300 Best Buy gift card
Pacific Life Holiday
Dec. 30, 8 p.m., San Diego, ESPN
Insignia LCD 19-inch HDTV/DVD Tourneau watch Sport-Tek hooded sweatshirt   $45 Best Buy gift card
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Dec. 31, noon, Fort Worth, Texas, ESPN
Pure Digital Flip mini-camcorder Timely Watch Co. watch   Rolling luggage bag  
Brut Sun
Dec. 31, 2 p.m., El Paso, Texas, CBS
Sony DVD Handycam Timely Watch Co. watch Majestic fleece pullover, VP Sports cap Armor Gear Dolly Llama luggage Brut hair dryer
Gaylord Hotels Music City
Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m., Nashville, ESPN
Sony noise-canceling headphones and MP3 player Fossil watch Adidas fleece jacket; New Era cap Armor Gear backpack  
Insight
Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m., Tempe, Ariz., NFL Network
Vizio 26-inch LCD HDTV Bulova watch Hat    
Chick-fil-A
Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., Atlanta, ESPN
  Fossil watch Two Russell hats Russell travel bag $300 Visa gift card; Chick-fil-A gift card
Outback
Jan. 1, 11 a.m., Tampa, ESPN
Pure Digital Flip mini-camcorder Fossil watch; Jostens ring      
Capital One
Jan. 1, 1 p.m., Orlando, ABC
Party at Best Buy Commemorative watch     $400 of spending at Best Buy*
Konica Minolta Gator
Jan. 1, 1 p.m., Jacksonville, CBS
  Bulova watch; Jostens ring Oakley Split Thump MP3 sunglasses; fitted cap Two-piece Mercury Luggage rolling duffel and sling bag  
Rose Bowl presented by Citi
Jan. 1, 4:30 p.m., Pasadena, Calif., ABC
Sony DVD camcorder Fossil watch Oakley sunglasses; New Era 59fifty hat Ogio backpack One-year ESPN The Magazine subscription
FedEx Orange
Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m., Miami, Fox
Gifting suite; $300 in Sony Electronics^ Tourneau watch New Era 59fifty hat; Crocs Ogio backpack  
AT&T Cotton
Jan. 2, 2 p.m., Dallas, Fox
  Watch      
AutoZone Liberty
Jan. 2, 5 p.m., Memphis, ESPN
Pure Digital Flip mini-camcorder Fossil watch Fossil sunglasses Armor Gear backpack  
Allstate Sugar
Jan. 2, 8 p.m., New Orleans, Fox
Sony MP3 Walkman; Sony Blu-Ray player Timely Watch Co. watch New Era cap    
International
Jan. 3, noon, Toronto, ESPN2
  Timely Watch Co. watch   Two-piece Armor Gear rolling travel duffel bag and computer backpack  
Tostitos Fiesta
Jan. 5, 8 p.m., Glendale, Ariz., Fox
Myvu personal media viewer; Apple iPod Nano Kenneth Cole watch Hat    
GMAC
• Jan. 6, 8 p.m., Mobile, Ala., ESPN
  Timely Watch Co. watch; Jostens ring Hat    
FedEx BCS National Championship Game
Jan. 8, 8 p.m., Miami, Fox
Gifting suite; $300 in Sony Electronics^ Tourneau watch New Era 59fifty Hat; Crocs Ogio duffle bag  





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