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Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will, sadly, no longer be the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

The Tampa football game will have a new name this year because the lawn mower company has ended its run as the game’s title sponsor.
The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl has been one of the best names for a bowl game in college football history.
The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl has been one of the best names for a bowl game in college football history. [ JAMES BORCHUCK | Times (2017) ]
Published May 28, 2020
Updated May 28, 2020

One of the best names in the history of college football bowl games is no more.

The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl will no longer have the lawn mower company as its title sponsor. ESPN — which operates the bowl — confirmed the news Thursday after it was first reported by Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported Thursday. Bad Boy Mowers no longer appears on the game’s logo, and the company is only listed as a patron sponsor on the bowl’s website.

“Bad Boy Mowers will not be returning as the title sponsor of the Gasparilla Bowl," ESPN said in a statement. "We thank them for their support of our game and community over the last three years.”

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The game took on its unforgettable name before the 2017 season, which led to countless social media jokes and one classic competition — a lawn mower race. The inaugural race was won by Florida International lineman Shane McGough, a Gaither High alumnus whose father has a lawn maintenance business.

The game, which will likely continue to be called the Gasparilla Bowl, is continuing to look for a new title sponsor.

UCF beat Marshall to win the 2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.
UCF beat Marshall to win the 2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. [ Times ]

Since its inception in 2008, the game was previously known as the magicJack Bowl, the St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl and the St. Petersburg Bowl.

The 2020 bowl game — whatever it will officially be called — is scheduled to be played in December at Raymond James Stadium.