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: I know! Like, as long as you ignore the sponsor name ahead of the actual name most of the time you can actually figure out what the hell bowl they're talking about. There are a few annoying ones left however. In order of I want to choke the organizers:
- Gator Bowl. The sponsor is some tax company that charges you to do a worse job than it will take you to do the same thing online for the same amount of time, and they got rid of a name that we've been familiar with for 70 years! SEVENTY YEARS! Gator Bowl. In Jacksonville. Where they have Gators.
- Motor City, Queen City, Mobile, San Fran. Sponsor names replacing recognizable city names or nicknames. Even if these are relatively new bowls, you should keep a static city-centric name on the game for continuity and comprehension.
- Citrus II/Tangerine. This one has had so many names. Tangerine, which is the Citrus Bowl's old name, gets the "This is the Citrus Bowl's little brother bowl" across. So does "Citrus II"
- Military/Armed Forces. You can't have two Support the Troops™ bowls. The one that's now in Annapolis can stay the Military Bowl or have a cool name like The Great Big USO Show, while the other can be the TCU Bowl or whatever not military related. For this year specify the city first.
- Outback/Hall of Fame. They've been sponsoring this so long now that most people have forgotten the other Florida bowl with a Big Ten tie-in might as well go by the sponsor's name. If Outback ever drops this, go back to the original name and keep it that way. Can count the Potato Bowl here as well since saying Potato Bowl will conjure the Boise game.
Cure Bowl. Nice idea, good charity. This is our concern:
So until this game is established specify it's the Citrus III for Breast Cancer Research Bowl.
No. It's just annoying.
No I like football, and adding more football plus a free trip for more football teams is pretty nice. The players are on break so it shouldn't affect their schooling as much as, say, a conference championship game the week of Finals. And football on TV is good for fans of football.
No I think the prestige of going to a bowl game died in the 1990s. They tried to manufacture it back with the 6-win and then the over-.500 rules, which just punished middle-of-the-road Power 5 schools who scheduled anybody of consequence in the non-conference. If the NCAA wants to actually have a meaningful get-in policy, they should not count games against FCS schools for anything.
|Let's stop before here.|
I went off on this last year. That again:
What specifically bothers me about bowl game naming is the people doing the selling don't provide any product or service. If Chobani buys the "right" to name an Ann Arbor bowl game, what does the bowl game provide? The chief marketing service—name recognition—is done by the media, and by extension the public, as we talk about the Chobani Bowl.
It's not the bowls (let alone the teams in the bowls) who get paid the most by title sponsorships, but the TV stations who are broadcasting the games. They in turn package those ads with their regular programs so that it's impossible to separate the title sponsorships themselves from the ad package they were sold with. Over 70% of the revenue from title sponsorships in 2014 went to ESPN, because ESPN sold the BCS bowl sponsorships on top of seven more games they own.
Language is public, or else it can't do the thing it does, which is help us communicate information to each other. If a sponsor (e.g. Outback)'s name has affixed itself to the general consciousness of that game, communication is served and there's no harm.
The sponsorship money, it's supposed, makes these games possible, but they don't really cover the payouts (that is on the organizers), and the schools, as detailed on this site before, tend to lose money on all the bowls below the $2 million payout line, what with being overcharged for flights and food and hotel rooms (which all kick back to the bowls). The sponsorship money itself mostly feeds the TV dudes. Other than the fun of playing in it for the players, the point of a small-time bowl game is to fill more TV slots with live football.