It’s about time we recognize black college football on a grand scale. In the first-ever Celebration Bowl game where the conference champion from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference faces off against the Southwestern Athletic Conference champion, loyal black college football fans and college recruiters and recruiting organizations nationwide will bear witness to the talents of student-athletes attending historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs) live on ABC, ESPN officials announce.

The inaugural Celebration Bowl will kick off at noon ET Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and will showcase “the legacy, values and traditions of HBCUs.”

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Duer Sharpe, the SWAC Commissioner, said he was pleased with the announcement. Commenting on the national television broadcast Sharpe said it “will provide the nation with a front-row seat into the passion, pride and heritage of the SWAC and HBCU football.”

“We could not be more pleased to have the Celebration Bowl kicking off the college football bowl season on ABC,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president, ESPN Events. “Not only will the first annual Celebration Bowl deliver a first-class postseason experience to the teams, their fans and their alumni; the live telecast on ABC will bring the thrill and pageantry of the bowl to fans across the nation.”

“We are excited about today’s announcement that the Celebration Bowl will be telecast on ABC,” said Dennis Thomas, commissioner, MEAC. “We are eagerly looking forward to participating in this wonderful opportunity to showcase our student-athletes, coaches, institutions and our conference on this national stage. We are appreciative to ESPN for their continued partnership and commitment to this postseason experience.”

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Tommy G. Meade Jr. is the Editor-in-Chief at HBCU Buzz. Follow him on Twitter.

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