Miami Beach Bowl

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Miami Beach Bowl (defunct)
"The Battle of the Beach"
Stadium Marlins Park
Location Miami, Florida
Operated 2014–2016
Conference tie-ins American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt Conference
Payout US$1,000,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Succeeded by Frisco Bowl
2016 matchup
Central Michigan vs. Tulsa (Tulsa 55–10)

The Miami Beach Bowl was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football bowl game played for three years (2014–2016) at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.[2] The bowl was created and owned by the American Athletic Conference ("The American").[2][3]

On April 21, 2017, it was announced that the Miami Beach Bowl had been sold to ESPN, would relocate to Frisco, Texas, and would be played at Toyota Stadium for the 2017 season.[3] The new bowl game is named the Frisco Bowl.[3]

Game results[edit]

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance Notes
December 22, 2014 Memphis 55 BYU 48 20,761 Notes
December 21, 2015 Western Kentucky 45 South Florida 35 21,712 Notes
December 19, 2016 Tulsa 55 Central Michigan 10 15,262 Notes


Year MVP Team Position
2014 Paxton Lynch Memphis QB
2015 Brandon Doughty Western Kentucky QB
2016 Dane Evans Tulsa QB

Most appearances[edit]

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Memphis 1 1–0
T1 Tulsa 1 1–0
T1 Western Kentucky 1 1–0
T1 BYU 1 0–1
T1 Central Michigan 1 0–1
T1 South Florida 1 0–1

Wins by conference[edit]

Conference Wins Losses Pct.
The American 2 1 .667
Conference USA 1 0 1.000
MAC 0 1 .000
Independent 0 1 .000

Media coverage[edit]


Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2016 ESPN Allen Bestwick Mike Bellotti Kris Budden
2015 ESPN Dave Lamont Desmond Howard Quint Kessenich
2014 ESPN Dave Flemming Danny Kanell Allison Williams


Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2016 Central Michigan IMG


Don Chiodo

Bruce Howard

Brock Gutierrez

Rick Couri


Jeremie Poplin

2015 Touchdown Radio Taylor Zarzour Gino Torretta
2014 BYU Radio


Greg Wrubell

Dave Woloshin

Marc Lyons

Jarvis Greer

Nate Meikle

Matt Dillon

In 2014, the Miami Beach Bowl didn't provide a national radio carrier. As a result, both local schools broadcasts were made available through the regular platforms. The only nationwide broadcast available was the Cougar IMG Sports Network simulcast on BYU Radio – nationwide on Sirius XM 143, Dish Network 980, and In 2015, Touchdown Radio Productions picked up the rights to air the game nationwide. In 2016, the bowl was again broadcast only by local stations.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "American Athletic Conference Introduces The Miami Beach Bowl". American Athletic Conference. October 24, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c McMurphy, Brett (April 21, 2017). "Miami Beach Bowl moving to Frisco, Texas". Retrieved April 21, 2017.

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