December 05, 2011 14:34 ET

NFLPA and IMG Partner on Inaugural AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

WASHINGTON, DC and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2011) - The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and IMG Worldwide Inc (IMG), the global sports, fashion and media company, announced today a strategic partnership on the inaugural AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Under the terms of the agreement, IMG Events and Federations, a division of IMG, will utilize its 50 years of expertise in organizing and managing major sporting events around the globe, to consult and support event and game day operations for the AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The game will be played at the Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA on January 21, 2012 and is expected to be Southern California's premier football event.

The inaugural AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will showcase the top draft eligible collegiate football players from across the country. In addition to developing a premier collegiate bowl game, the NFLPA is creating a unique opportunity to educate and prepare these college athletes for a successful transition into a career within the NFL.

"We are very excited to partner with the NFLPA on this inaugural event and to have the opportunity to support the NFLPA in their goal of creating a great event for both players and fans alike," said Jay Ogden, Senior Vice President at IMG.

"IMG will bring an elite management team and unparalleled sporting event expertise to the first-ever NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, ensuring a professional-level experience for its players, fans and sponsors," said Clark Gaines, Assistant Executive Director, NFLPA.

The game will be held on January 21, 2011 at the Home Depot Center. Tickets are on sale now and start at $15. Tickets can be purchased at or, by phone at 800.745.3000 and at the Home Depot Center Box Office. Groups of 10 or more will receive group discounted rates and other incentives by calling 877.AEG.TICKETS (877.234.8425) or purchasing online at Additional details can also be found at

About the Astroturf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
The AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be held January 21 at the Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Under the direction of Super Bowl-winning coaches Tom Flores and Dick Vermeil, 100 of the country's top draft prospects will showcase their talent in front of 25,000 fans and pro scouts. For more information, visit Astroturf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

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About IMG
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College; IMG's Joint Ventures in China, Brazil and India; IMG Media; IMG Events and Federations; IMG Fashion; IMG Models; IMG Art+Commerce; IMG Clients; IMG Academies; IMG Consulting and IMG Licensing. More information is available at

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