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Gasparilla Bowl announces new title sponsor

With Bad Boy Mowers out, the game at Raymond James Stadium had to find a new name.
UCF Knights offensive lineman Jake Brown (77), left, and running back Nate Evans (44) hoist the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl trophy after defeating the UCF Knights in the 2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Monday, December 23, 2019. The UCF Knights defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd 48-25.
UCF Knights offensive lineman Jake Brown (77), left, and running back Nate Evans (44) hoist the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl trophy after defeating the UCF Knights in the 2019 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Monday, December 23, 2019. The UCF Knights defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd 48-25. [ Times ]
Published Oct. 20, 2020
Updated Oct. 20, 2020

The Gasparilla Bowl has a new title sponsor: Union Home Mortgage.

The bowl has had multiple names and sponsors since its inception in 2008 — the magicJack Bowl, the St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, the St. Petersburg Bowl and, most recently, the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. It was previously played at Tropicana Field before moving to Raymond James Stadium in 2018.

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

A specific date for the December game has not yet been announced. The bowl has many tie-ins and could feature teams from the SEC, ACC, AAC, Big 12, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West or Pac-12, plus Army and BYU.

“We are excited to begin this journey with Union Home Mortgage as our two organizations have a very similar approach to how we operate,” the bowl’s executive director, Scott Glaser, said in a statement. “Leadership at Union Home Mortgage made it very clear that they always strive to create a culture that demonstrates mutual respect for everyone along with a deep desire to be world-class. This is no different than how we attack every day at our bowl.”

Based in Ohio, Union Home Mortgage has more than 150 branches across the country.

“We’re thrilled to make this announcement in the dynamic and vibrant Tampa Bay region with an organization that is so aligned with our own values,” said Bill Cosgrove, the company’s president and CEO. “Our company takes pride in its local roots and community commitment and with the Krewe of Gasparilla Bowl, we have found a dedicated partner committed to the same level of service and engagement as our Partners around the country.”

UCF beat Marshall 48-25 in last year’s game, which is owned and operated by ESPN.