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