press release via Outback Bowl

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            November 30, 2011


Tampa, FL -- Monday Night Football announcers Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico will return to the broadcast booth for the 2012 Outback Bowl game this January 2nd in Tampa.  The bowl will be telecast on ABC at 1:00 P.M. ET. matching teams from the Big Ten and SEC to be determined this Sunday.  It will be the second consecutive year the pair has teamed up for the Outback Bowl.  Last year’s telecast was one of the most watched bowls and college football games of the year.  Lisa Salters will be reporting from the sidelines for the telecast.

“We think it’s terrific that Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico will be calling the action for this year’s Outback Bowl,” said Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay.  “It’s truly an honor to have two of the best sports broadcasters in the business involved with this our 26th Bowl game in the Tampa Bay area.  This is great for everyone involved with the Outback Bowl.”

Tickets to the game are $75 each (plus Ticketmaster service charge).  Phone orders can be placed with a credit card by calling Ticketmaster at (813) 287-8844 or 1-800-745-3000 and can be purchased online at  Tickets can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet in the state of Florida.

For information on priority seating through a bowl membership package call the Outback Bowl office directly at (813) 874-BOWL or go to the bowl web site at for details.