Record Ratings For MAACO Bowl Las Vegas

Boise State\'s win is highest rated ERT bowl game telecast ever


LAS VEGAS - The numbers are in, and Wednesday night's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas was the highest-rated ESPN Regional Television (ERT) bowl game telecast in history, ESPN announced.

Tenth-ranked Boise State's 26-3 victory over No. 19 Utah was the event's sixth consecutive sellout and the crowd of 41,923 was the second-biggest in the bowl's history and third-largest in Sam Boyd Stadium history. The matchup was equally popular nationally as it earned an average rating of 3.78 on ESPN. The previous high for an ERT bowl game was 3.03 for the Dec. 24, 2008, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl featuring Notre Dame against host Hawaii. Last year's MAACO Bowl Las Vegas earned a 2.58 rating for a game between BYU and Oregon State.

ERT, based in Charlotte, N.C., owns and produces the following bowl games: Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg, BBVA Compass Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl, Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl and starting this season, the Texas Bowl.

''This is a tribute to the two teams we featured in the world-class setting of Las Vegas,'' said Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. ''A lot of people worked really hard to get the right matchup and put on a great show for all of the fans in the stadium and for everyone watching at home.''


ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership

The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television
(ERT) annually produces more than 1,000 telecasts of sporting events. Programming includes
football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events accounting for more than 2,200 live
and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production
headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rights-holder and
producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (e.g. ? SEC, BIG EAST,
Big 12, Mid-American, WAC).

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events, including collegiate
football events: the Beef ?O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
(Fort Worth, Texas); BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; New
Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu); Texas Bowl (Houston); the
MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); and T he Home Depot ESPNU
College Football Awards; collegiate basketball events: the 76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.);
Cancun Governor's Cup; Charleston Classic (S.C.); DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational;
Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World
Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Honda Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); Lane Furniture All-College
Basketball Classic (Oklahoma City) and BracketBusters; as well as the ESPNU Warrior
Classic (Lacrosse) and the ESPN National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway. For more
information, visit ESPNPlus.com.