Miami Beach Bowl

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]

Miami Beach Bowl (defunct)
The Battle of the Beach
StadiumMarlins Park
LocationMiami, Florida
Conference tie-insAmerican Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Sun Belt Conference
PayoutUS$1,000,000 (as of 2015)[1]
Succeeded byFrisco Bowl
2016 matchup
Central Michigan vs. Tulsa (Tulsa 55–10)

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 resultsEdit

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

Appearances by teamEdit

Rank Team Appearances Record Win %
T1 Memphis 1 1–0 1.000
T1 Tulsa 1 1–0 1.000
T1 Western Kentucky 1 1–0 1.000
T1 BYU 1 0–1 .000
T1 Central Michigan 1 0–1 .000
T1 South Florida 1 0–1 .000

Appearances by conferenceEdit

Rank Conference Appearances Record Win % # of Teams Teams
1 The American 3 2–1 .667 3 Memphis (1–0)
Tulsa (1–0)
South Florida (0–1)
T2 Conference USA 1 1–0 1.000 1 Western Kentucky (1–0)
T2 Independent 1 0–1 .000 1 BYU (0–1)
T2 MAC 1 0–1 .000 1 Central Michigan (0–1)

Media coverageEdit


Date Network Play-by-play announcers Color commentators Sideline reporters
2016 ESPN Allen Bestwick Mike Bellotti Kris Budden
2015 Dave LaMont Desmond Howard Quint Kessenich
2014 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 alsoEdit


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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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