2012 Bowl Talent Tryouts Kick Off Friday Aug 31

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (August 30, 2012)- The 2012 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg’s “Bowl Talent Tryouts,” with a chance to be the game’s official television reporter, begins this Friday, Aug. 31. Aspiring TV personalities will have a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience as the winner of this year’s contest. The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg is an ESPN Regional Television (ERT) owned bowl game featuring teams from the BIG EAST and Conference USA. The game will be played Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

This will be the third consecutive year the bowl game is holding this contest in which the winner will also receive a free week’s stay at an official bowl hotel in St. Petersburg during Bowl Week. The winner will be working with a professional production team covering all of the bowl week events and game day, posting daily reports on the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl’s official YouTube  and blog pages. Interested parties can enter online or audition at one of the four tryouts hosted at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s locations in September.

Beginning Friday, entries can be made online.  Details on how to submit your YouTube video audition are available online at  www.BowlTalentTryouts.com .  Online entries will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

The on-location tryouts will take place at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s locations in both the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas.
Sat., Sept.1, 11 AM – 2 PM: Waterford Lakes,12789 Waterford Lakes Pkwy., Orlando, (407) 781-0400
Sat., Sept.1, 5 PM – 8 PM: Clermont, 1642 East Hwy. 60, Clermont, (352) 242-9700
Sat., Sept.15, 5 PM – 8 PM: Palma Ceia, 2819 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa, (813) 835-9464
Sat., Sept.22, 5 PM – 8 PM: Lutz, 18421 US Hwy. 41, Lutz, (813) 909-2300

The candidates will be judged via online voting, which runs from October 10-26. The top finalists will then be invited to Tampa on Saturday, Nov. 10 to audition in front of our panel of judges. The winner will be notified on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

“If anyone has dreamed of becoming a college football tv host and reporter, this is a great opportunity that we are happy to provide for someone to experience everything behind the scenes,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg.  “We’re looking forward to another year with some great talent to select from to be our host.”

The inaugural winner in 2010 was Jenna Laine, who went on to co-host and produce “The Sports Mob,” a sports talk-radio show that aired on 1010 CBS Sports in Tampa. Last year’s winner was UCF graduate Kevin Keane.

“Winning the Bowl Talent Tryouts and having the opportunity to blog, report, and broadcast news and information throughout the Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg last year was such a tremendous experience for me,” said Keane. “I gained valuable skills and experience that I will take with me in my current endeavor of becoming the next great sports broadcaster!”

Interested entrants must be 18 years of age or older and will need to be available to cover all bowl week events from December 17-21, 2012.

About Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is a fast-growing national chain of family sports pubs that achieves its success by building relationships with the local schools, youth sports leagues, and other community organizations in each and every Beef ‘O’ Brady’s neighborhood market. The “kid appeal” of this unique concept is reinforced by a very moderately priced kids menu and video games. Ironically, despite what the name implies, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is actually best known for its Buffalo-style chicken wings. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s has more than 260 open restaurants throughout the Southeast and the Midwest. Visit www.beefobradys.com for more information.

ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation’s largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT’s owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.

In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several sporting events:

Collegiate Football
BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala); Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg; Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla); Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas (Houston); Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu) and The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards

Collegiate Basketball
Anaheim Classic (Anaheim, Calif); Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant(S.C.); Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Classic (Madison Square Garden); Old Spice Classic (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan); Sears BracketBusters and State Farm Champions Classic (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)

Collegiate Lacrosse
ESPNU Warrior Classic

Additional Events
Hawaiian Islands Invitational (Soccer) and ESPN National Golf Challenge

For more information, visit ESPNPlus.com.

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