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Celebration Bowl gets a title sponsor: The Air Force Reserve

The Dec. 15 game will open the college bowl season on ABC

12:24 PMThe premier historically black college football game of the season has gotten a title sponsor, with the Air Force Reserve renewing its sponsorship of the Celebration Bowl.

The fourth annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is the championship game between champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Operated by ESPN Events, the game will be played on Dec. 15 from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will be televised on ABC. The game will be the first game of college football bowl season.

“We are thrilled to have the Air Force Reserve join us again as the title sponsor of the Celebration Bowl,” said John Grant, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl executive director. “The theme of this year’s Celebration Bowl is all about the celebration of service. Partnering with the Air Force Reserve allows us to truly honor and commemorate those who volunteer and serve to protect both for the community and the country.”

It’s the fourth consecutive year that the conference champions will play. The MEAC leads the series 2-1, with both wins coming from North Carolina A&T, whose last-minute 21-14 win over Grambling State in 2017 capped the first unbeaten season in MEAC history. Grambling won the SWAC’s first title in 2016 with a 10-9 victory over North Carolina Central.

“We are excited to be the title sponsor of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Michael Johnson, AFRCRS. “This year’s bowl game celebrating service lines up perfectly with what the Air Force Reserve does every day serving our nation at home and abroad as part of this nation’s national defense. We are looking forward to telling the great story of the Air Force Reserve, its mission and the benefits of serving to a national audience.”

ESPN will televise 35 bowl games, including all 14 of ESPN Events’ owned and operated contests, over 17 days, beginning Dec. 15 and concluding on New Year’s Day. The games will set the table for the college football national championship, which will conclude the season on Jan. 7, 2019, from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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12:24 PMThe premier historically black college football game of the season has gotten a title sponsor, with the Air Force Reserve renewing its sponsorship of the Celebration Bowl.

The fourth annual Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl is the championship game between champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). Operated by ESPN Events, the game will be played on Dec. 15 from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will be televised on ABC. The game will be the first game of college football bowl season.

“We are thrilled to have the Air Force Reserve join us again as the title sponsor of the Celebration Bowl,” said John Grant, Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl executive director. “The theme of this year’s Celebration Bowl is all about the celebration of service. Partnering with the Air Force Reserve allows us to truly honor and commemorate those who volunteer and serve to protect both for the community and the country.”

It’s the fourth consecutive year that the conference champions will play. The MEAC leads the series 2-1, with both wins coming from North Carolina A&T, whose last-minute 21-14 win over Grambling State in 2017 capped the first unbeaten season in MEAC history. Grambling won the SWAC’s first title in 2016 with a 10-9 victory over North Carolina Central.

“We are excited to be the title sponsor of the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Michael Johnson, AFRCRS. “This year’s bowl game celebrating service lines up perfectly with what the Air Force Reserve does every day serving our nation at home and abroad as part of this nation’s national defense. We are looking forward to telling the great story of the Air Force Reserve, its mission and the benefits of serving to a national audience.”

ESPN will televise 35 bowl games, including all 14 of ESPN Events’ owned and operated contests, over 17 days, beginning Dec. 15 and concluding on New Year’s Day. The games will set the table for the college football national championship, which will conclude the season on Jan. 7, 2019, from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.