There will be plenty of college football players sporting new watches and Oakley sunglasses this winter. Some will even receive a recliner and a new PlayStation 4.
Those are some of the most popular items included in the gift/goodie bags handed out to bowl teams, according to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal.
The magazine has reviewed the bowl’s offerings to players for the past eight years.
The article states:
The NCAA allows each bowl to award up to $550 worth of gifts to 125 participants per school. Schools can, and usually do, buy additional packages that they can distribute to participants beyond that 125 limit. In addition, participants can receive awards worth up to $400 from the school and up to $400 from the conference for postseason play, covering both conference title games and any bowl game.
The most popular items:
Here’s what Georgia players will receive at the Gator Bowl: Fossil watch; Dome hat; Mercury Luggage Seward Trunk luggage set; football, Jostens ring
Here’s what Georgia Tech players will receive for playing in the Music City Bowl: Gift suite; Fossil watch
“Gift suites are set up as private events prior to the game in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit,” according to the article.