Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Welcome to the Duck Dynasty Bowl

Are there too many bowl games in college football?  Combine that with the economic conditions of the times, and you have bowl sponsors changing all the time.  However, the latest bowl sponsorship shakeup actually makes sense.

Two months ago the Independence Bowl lost their title sponsor AdvoCare as their deal came to an end. After a few months of searching the Independence Bowl found a new sponsor thanks to a little bit of hometown help. 

The Shreveport Times reported and Yahoo is confirming  that the Independence Bowl's new sponsor will be non other than  Monroe's own Duck Commander.  That's right the same company and family that is the star of A&E's Duck Dynasty is back in the football business.

An official announcement is expected to take place on Wednesday where the two sides will announce a 6-year deal, that is reported to be in the $800,000 range. 

Duck Commander is based out of Monroe Louisiana, which is a few hours down the road from Sherevport where the Independence Bowl is held.  In addition, Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson was oncea two-year starting quarterback for Louisiana  Tech between 1966 and 1967. Phil left the team in 1968 to focus on duck hunting, and paved the way for teammate and future NFL Hall of Fame member Terry Bradshaw to take over.  After leaving school Robertson founded Duck Commander in 1972.

Watch closely and you can tell the Robertson's know a thing or two about football.  Phil shows off a talented arm in this clip. (at the 50 sec mark).

If anything comes out of this, I just hope that Uncle Si is either the half time entertainment, or at least a special presenter during the pre-game coverage. 

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