The Mid-American Conference announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be based in Montgomery, Ala. and, owned and operated by ESPN. The Camellia Bowl will feature a MAC team to face a member of the Sun Belt Conference for the next six football seasons (2014-2019) in a pre-Christmas game televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.
The Camellia Bowl will be played in the Cramton Bowl, a 25,000 seat stadium that has undergone significant renovations over the last several years, including a new press box facility, locker rooms, and VIP hospitality accommodations.
Beginning in the 2014 bowl season, the Camellia Bowl will be the third bowl game where the MAC is a primary bowl partner.
The MAC has long-term primary contracts with the Go Daddy Bowl (based in Mobile, Ala.) through the 2017 season and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (based in Boise, Ida.) through the 2019 season.
■ The University of Toledo’s season-opening football game at No. 10 Florida on Aug. 31 will be televised in the Toledo market on WMNT’s MyNetworkTV (My58).
WMNT is an over-the-air station on channel 48.1. It is carried on channel 58 on Buckeye CableSystem and on channel 10 on AT&T U-Verse in Toledo. The WMNT-TV Digital Broadcast network of channels includes My Network and Mundo FOX (48.2 over-the-air and on Buckeye Cable channels 156 and 256). MUNDO FOX will also carry the Toledo-Florida game as a simulcast in English.
The game is being produced and carried by the SEC Network, can be seen online on ESPN3, and will be available nationally to subscribers of ESPN GamePlan.