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BOWLing for gifts

With the college bowl season kicking off next week, SportsBusiness Journal has done its annual roundup of bowl gifts to athletes. The list is chock full of electronics from iPods to Xboxes and even more bowls than ever are offering “gifting suites” in which players are invited to pick out gifts up to a certain dollar value.

According to SBJ, the Orange Bowl started the gifting suite two years ago, setting aside a room in each team’s hotel full of Sony Electronics products. Players were allowed to spend up to $300.

The NCAA allows bowls to give gifts worth up to $500 to 125 participants per school. Of the 35 bowl games, at least 14 are offering gifting suites this year – and some are bringing the suites to players before they arrive at the bowl game, SBJ reports.

Thanks, as always, to SBJ for gathering the list of gifts from the bowl games:

Last year, the Orange Bowl invited Iowa and Georgia Tech players to visit a gift suite for items such as clock radios, iPod docking stations, mountain bikes and luggage sets. Players also got a Tourneau watch, New Era hat and Ogio backpack.

This year, Stanford and Virginia Tech, playing in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium, get a Tourneau watch, New Era cap and gift suite visits.

University of Miami and Notre Dame players, who face each other in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, will get invited to a gift suite, Timely Watch Co. watch, Majestic fleece pullover, Top of the World cap, Ogio Politan backpack, Helen of Troy hairdryer and souvenir coin.

The other BCS bowls are giving:

Rose Bowl: gift suite, Fossil watch, Oakley cap and Oakley Bugeye backpack

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl:
gift suite, Fossil watch, cap and Ogio Cooper backpack

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Sleek Audio custom earphones, gift suite, Reactor Meltdown watch and New Era cap

Tostitos BCS National Championship Game: gift suite, Fossil watch, cap, Ogio Cooper backpack

Categories: Miami Hurricanes (32), NCAA (38), Orange Bowl (45), Sun Life Stadium (24)

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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