Everyone remembers the awful BP oil spill from 2010. It shook the world and devastated the environment of the Gulf Coast, and the area is still recovering. In the end, BP ended up paying $20.8 billion in settlement money, $1 million of which went to the city of Birmingham, Alabama, home to the aptly named Birmingham Bowl (formerly PapaJohns.com Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl).
It just so happens that this year, $200,000 of that $1 million will be used to fund the bowl, according to The Wall Street Journal. This is because the bowl is without a sponsor for the second consecutive year and the money has to come from somewhere.
“We want to make sure it continues regardless of whether we have a sponsor,” city council president Jonathan Austin said. “It’s certainly worth the investment.”
Needless to say, though it’s good that the funding will be coming from somewhere, this is definitely a sign that there just might be a few too many bowl games.
The Birmingham Bowl will feature teams from the SEC and AAC and will be played on December 30. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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