For Immediate Release
October 16, 2019
Carl Francis | Director of Communications
Carl.Francis@nflpa.com | 202-756-9169
Andrew Howard | Communications Manager
Andrew.Howard@NFL.com | 310-845-4579
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association and NFL Media have agreed to a multi-year deal to broadcast the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl live on NFL Network. With this new partnership, the NFLPA’s all-star college showcase will air exclusively on the year-round network home of the NFL through 2024.
The ninth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is scheduled for a 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST kickoff on January 18, 2020 at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in California.
“We are excited for the opportunity to continue growing the audience of our game with NFL Network, which has become the number one source for all things football,” said Teri Smith, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director and acting COO of the NFLPA. “Our goal has always been to provide NFL prospects and future members with maximum support and exposure. This partnership is an extension of that mission.”
“We are thrilled to be the official broadcast home of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and to continue to showcase the next generation of NFL athletes,” said Hans Schroeder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NFL Media. “Broadcasting the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl live on NFL Network presents a great opportunity to add to our growing footprint in the college game, including regular season Conference USA games as well as all-star games such as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl.”
Live practice coverage will be aired in the week leading up to the game and relevant content will be featured across NFL Media’s various platforms – all of which will highlight the week-long experience that serves to educate participants about the business of football and provide them with resources to succeed at the next level.
Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.
For the latest news and updates on the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, visit the game’s website at http://collegiate.nflpa.com/ and follow @NFLPABowl on Twitter and Instagram.
About the NFL Players Association:
The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players, and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through 2020. Learn more at www.nflpa.com.
About NFL Media:
NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.
For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can be streamed live through the NFL and NFL Network apps on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Roku and Xbox One). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork. For NFL Network audio programming, download the TuneIn app.