Music City Bowl announces date, start time for 2010 contest

Friday, April 9, 2010 at 4:06pm
Staff reports

The 2010 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl will kick off at 5:30 p.m. (CST) on Dec. 30. For the second straight year, it will be televised live on ESPN.

Last season the game, which featured Kentucky against Clemson, was played in primetime – a first for the contest. It was held at 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 27.

The 2008 game won by Vanderbilt was played at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

"We are excited about our game date and time this year, as it offers out of town fans a great opportunity to travel to Nashville for a long weekend and provides a great ratings opportunity for our new title sponsor, Franklin American Mortgage Company while maximizing exposure for the city,” Scott Ramsey, bowl president and CEO said in a release announcing the move.

For the fifth straight year, the game will include teams from the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference

The first Music City Bowl was played in 1998. Since then, according to the Nashville Sports Council, it has generated $165 million in direct economic impact.