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Mountain West extends contract with the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

ESPN Regional Television, Inc. (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced Thursday that the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl and Mountain West (MW) have extended the contract for the Mountain West to participate in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl for five of six years beginning in 2014.

This year's Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 24 on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium featuring a Mountain West team against an opponent from Conference-USA. Kickoff is 3 p.m. HT (8 p.m. ET) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

"With this extension, the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl confirms our commitment to providing the University of Hawai‘i football team a guaranteed invitation to the post season when eligible," said David Matlin, Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director. "Furthermore, we will have the opportunity to showcase Hawai‘i's people, scenery and climate to a worldwide television audience."

Last year's Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl featured Fresno State of the Mountain West and SMU of Conference USA. The Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs, 43-10, for their second Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl title in four years.

During this term, the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl will collaborate with the Mountain West and its other bowl partners to determine the annual placement of teams, with an emphasis on geographic proximity and creation of the best possible match-ups for each market.

"Although last season was the first appearance under the Mountain West umbrella, our member institutions have participated in all 11 editions of the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson. "This is a tremendous destination for our teams and our fans during the holiday season. We look forward to a successful, long-term partnership with our friends in Hawai‘i."

Previously, the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl announced that the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA would alternate as the Mountain West opponent through 2019.

The Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, is played at 50,000-seat Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. The inaugural game was played in 2002, when Tulane defeated Hawai‘i, 36-28. Hawai‘i won the next two bowl games, a 54-48 triple overtime victory over Houston in 2003, and a 59-40 win over UAB in 2004.

The tradition of high scoring, exciting offensive football continued when Nevada defeated UCF, 49-48, in overtime in 2005. The following year, Hawai‘i rallied past Arizona State, 41-24, while East Carolina rallied past Boise State in a thrilling 41-38 victory in 2007. Notre Dame made its only Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl appearance in 2008, defeating Hawai‘i 49-21.

Former Hawai‘i head coach June Jones returned to the islands for SMU victories in 2009 and 2012, while Tulsa and Southern Miss claimed the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl trophy in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Tickets to the 2013 Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl are on sale now. For more information, visit the official Web site: SheratonHawaiiBowl.com.

The title sponsor of the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl is Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.

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