Top Announcing Crews Assigned To MAACO Bowl Las Vegas

Fowler, Herbstreit and Rinaldi in the TV Booth, Cellni and Barnett for Radio

LAS VEGAS - The 20th edition of the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will have a definite ESPN College GameDay flavor to it as the television announcing crew will be made up three regulars of the show -- Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Tom Rinaldi.

Fowler will call his first MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Thursday as Boise State takes on Arizona State beginning at 5 p.m. PT. One of the most respected hosts and play-by-play commentators in television, he has anchored College GameDay, the network's Emmy-winning Saturday morning college football preview show, since 1990. He became the play-by-play voice of ESPN's Thursday College Football Primetime games in 2006 and has hosted ESPN's Heisman Trophy Presentation since the network began its coverage of the event in 1994 and ESPN's The Home Depot College Football Awards show since its inception in 1993.

Herbstreit, who also did last year's game with Brent Musburger, will add his analysis. Widely recognized as one of the best college football minds of his generation, former Ohio State quarterback Herbstreit has been an analyst on ESPN's College GameDay remote college football studio show since 1996, when he joined host Fowler and co-analyst Lee Corso. In addition, Herbstreit is the game analyst for the Saturday Night Football series on ABC, broadcast television's first weekly prime-time college football game, since the series debut in 2006.

Returning to the sidelines of Sam Boyd Stadium, Rinaldi is an ESPN correspondent based in the New York, contributing to SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Outside the Lines Nightly, College GameDay and NFL Countdown. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he also appears as a reporter, contributing features and interviews from many of ESPN's top event productions.

On the radio side, the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be broadcast live nationally via the Sports USA Radio Network as well as along with American Forces Network. Returning to Las Vegas is Rich Cellini, who will handle play-by-play duties, and former Colorado and Northwestern head coach Gary Barnett, who will add his analysis.

The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT). Tickets for the 2011 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas are priced at $25, $35, $55 and $100 and can be reserved by phone at 1-866-388-3267 or 1-702-739-3267, online at or in person at the Thomas & Mack Center box office.

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT's owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:
Collegiate Football
Beef ?O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl (Honolulu); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards
Collegiate Basketball
76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.); State Farm Champions Classic (Madison Square Garden; debuts 2011); DIRECTV Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant (S.C.); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); 5-hour ENERGY Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); All-College Basketball Classic (Oklahoma City) and Sears BracketBusters
Collegiate Lacrosse
ESPNU Warrior Classic
Additional Events
Hawaiian Islands Invitational (Soccer) and ESPN National Golf Challenge

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