Full List of the Awesome Swag Bowl Games Are Giving Players

Bowl Game Gifts List 2015

There isn’t a single American in this great nation who doesn’t love college football bowl season.

Sure, there are way too many games to keep track of, the sheer number of games means that we eventually reward football teams with mediocre records, and the names of the games been completely taken over by big business–but all those negatives pale in comparison to the fact that we get to watch more football! Let them play. [lead image via SaturdayDownSouth]

But in addition to the fact that these college student athletes have the opportunity to play in one nationally televised games, another well-known perk of making it to a bowl are the gifts that you get. Each bowl game is responsible for picking out up to $550 of gifts for 125 players per school, and the different bowl game committees enjoy picking out unique gifts. Last year, at least $5.4 million were spent on bowl game gifts.

But what are the rules regarding the gifts? Here’s a rundown from SportsBusinessDaily.com:

The NCAA allows each bowl to award up to $550 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school. Schools can, and usually do, buy additional gifts that they can distribute to participants beyond that 125 limit. In addition, participants can receive awards worth up to $400 from the school and up to $400 from the conference for postseason play, covering both conference title games and bowl games.

Oftentimes, what ends up happening is that the committees choose one or two unique commemorative gifts that can help the players remember their time, and then bring the players to a gift suite–essentially allowing them to pick out one item. Often these gifts suites are packed with stuff like speakers, iPads, Playstations, etc. Stuff that college kids want, but certainly not what they need.

So here’s my question: there’s no question in my mind that these kids deserve the $550 (maximum) for making both the NCAA and their college a ton of money, but why does the NCAA allow these gifts (some of which are pre-paid credit cards) and not other gifts throughout the season? It seems more than just a little hypocritical to me. It seems like they’re saying “we can dole out what we think is appropriate for you,” meanwhile the money they need for other stuff isn’t around.

It would seem that the NCAA skates around the whole paying for playing by removing the actual prices from the gifts, and replacing them with points. At Oklahoma State University, players were able to choose from a variety of gifts that totaled seven points.

Speaking of which, here’s an interesting (unconfirmed) anecdote from Reddit regarding the players and what they do with their gifts:

I worked at Best Buy during college. The bowl game electronics were packaged in boxes saying, in large letters, “Not for resale” or something to that effect. Nonetheless, after the bowl game players would come in and try to return items.

Doesn’t that tell you something about what the players themselves want?

And look, there I went getting upset. This post is supposed to be about the awesome stuff these kids are getting, not about the unfair amount of money a governing body like the NCAA makes off of the backs of unpaid athletes. So let’s talk about what everyone loves: swag.

Behold, the full list of all the college bowl game gifts.

December 19th

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch.

AutoNation Cure Bowl

Nike pullover; flexfit, flat bill cap; watch; Tervis tumbler; commemorative metal ticket; chill towel; keychain.

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; commemorative game coin and case; cap and beanie; Ogio duffle bag; Big Game autograph football.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Gift Suite; Oakley backpack full of goodies

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl

Gift Suite; Oakley Works backpack; an LV Bowl beanie and hat; and a long-sleeve t-shirt.

December 21st

Miami Beach Bowl

Bluetooth speaker; Oakley Blade Wet/Dry 30 backpack; Under Armour bucket hat and sunglasses; beach towel; waterproof cellphone case; commemorative football

December 22nd

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Gift suite; Coleman two-person tent; beanie; Oakley backpack; Big Game football.

Boca Raton Bowl

Gift suite; beach towel; beach bag; Tervis tumbler; sunglasses; sports flip-flops

December 23rd

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; cap.

GoDaddy Bowl

Timely Watch Co. watch; Sol Republic Punk speakers; 32-quart Lit cooler; Wilson official souvenir game ball

December 24th

Bahamas Bowl

Gift suite; Oakley backpack; cap; Rock ‘Em Apparel socks; Jabra Bluetooth speaker

Hawaii Bowl

Gift suite; Oakley sunglasses and backpack; Tori Richard aloha shirt; surf trunks; team performance wear; Urban Barrels beach bag and towel

December 26th

St. Petersburg Bowl

Gift suite; Oakley backpack and Turbine sunglasses; commemorative football

Sun Bowl

Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. Silvertone watch; Majestic Pro Base fleece pullover; Ogio Politan backpack; cap; commemorative coin

Heart of Dallas Bowl

Gift suite; Ogio backpack with hydration bladder; commemorative football; beanie

Pinstripe Bowl

Variety of New Era products

Independence Bowl

Gift suite; Timely Watch Co. watch; New Era knit skull cap; commemorative football

Foster Farms Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch

December 28th

Military Bowl

Microsoft Xbox One with Kinect bundle; Under Armour duffle bag

Quick Lane Bowl

JBL headphones; custom-made, life-sized decal for each player with his likeness; hoodie, winter hat, baseball cap; Ogio backpack; vintage football; $200 Best Buy gift card

December 29th

Armed Forces Bowl

Gift suite; Ogio backack with hydration bladder; commemorative football; beanie

Russell Athletic Bowl

$350 Best Buy shopping trip; Timely Watch Co. watch; ISlide footwear; beach towel; Russell Athletic performance pullover

Arizona Bowl

Cowtown custom-made cowboy boots

Texas Bowl

Gift suite; belt buckle; duffel bag; alpaca throw; selfie stick

December 30th

Birmingham Bowl

Gift suite; ESPN beanie; Ogio backpack; Big Game football

Belk Bowl

Shopping trip to Belk department store; Fossil watch

Music City Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch

Holiday Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; cap

December 31st

Peach Bowl

$300 Vanilla Visa gift card; Fossil watch; Bluetooth speaker; commemorative football; $10 Chick-fil-A gift card

Orange Bowl

Gift suite; Tourneau watch; Schutt commemorative “split” helmet (half one team and half the other)

Cotton Bowl

Won’t disclose gifts.

January 1st

Outback Bowl

$150 Best Buy gift card; Outback Steakhouse gift card; Fossil watch; Jostens ring; cap

Citrus Bowl

$315 Best Buy shopping trip; Timely Watch Co. watch; EA Sports video game; ISlide footwear; beach towel

Fiesta Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio X-Fit backpack

Rose Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; Ogio backpack; New Era fitted 59 Fifty cap

Sugar Bowl

Gift suite; Fossil watch; New Era Cap; commemorative coin

January 2nd

TaxSlayer Bowl

Panasonic gift suite; Fossil watch

Liberty Bowl

Bass Pro Shops gift card and shopping trip; custom-made Oculus Pro Team HD binoculars; Bulova watch; Nike athletic shoes, sport sandals, sunglasses and custom-made backpack; commemorative game ball

Alamo Bowl

Beats Studio Wireless headphones; Fossil watch; $125 Best Buy gift card; team panoramic photo; commemorative mini-helmet


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