Las Vegas Bowl Teaming Up With NYS Nevada


LAS VEGAS (July 22, 2017) – The Las Vegas Bowl and National Youth Sports (NYS) Nevada are teaming up starting this season.


Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director John Saccenti and NYS Nevada co-owner Justin Phelps made the announcement Saturday during an NYS football coaches’ clinic held at Liberty High School.


Under the partnership, more than 5,000 players ages 3-15 in Southern Nevada will have Las Vegas Bowl stickers on the back of their helmets. The bowl will support the group’s efforts by bringing in the championship teams from all nine age divisions and recognizing them on the field during game day, December 16.


“The Las Vegas Bowl has a long history of supporting youth football in our city and this is another great example of that commitment,” said Saccenti. “We are not just a December event but a proud member of this community that wants to promote good sportsmanship and player safety on the field at every level all year long. NYS Nevada is a perfect partner for us.”


In addition to hosting the winning squads, discounted tickets will be offered to the families of all NYS Nevada athletes and one lucky family will win a special Las Vegas Bowl VIP Experience.


“It’s exciting to be teaming up with the Las Vegas Bowl to give our young student-athletes the opportunity to attend the game,” said Phelps. “It will give them a chance to see up-close and personal that hard work in the classroom and on the football field pays off. This partnership will have a positive lasting impact in the Las Vegas community for years to come.”


The 26th Las Vegas Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 16, at 12:30 p.m. PT at Sam Boyd Stadium. The game will feature the top choice from the Mountain West against a pick from the Pac-12 Conference.


Tickets for the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl, which start as low as $35, are on sale now by visiting to purchase or for more information.


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NYS Nevada

NYS Nevada was founded in 1999 and has grown to one of the biggest youth sports leagues in Nevada. NYS Nevada offers soccer, T-ball, baseball, flag football, basketball, cheer, girls volleyball, and tackle football. Age groups range from 3 to 15. NYS has more than 20,000 participants every year in the Henderson and Las Vegas areas. NYS Nevada is the largest youth football league in the state and offers both weighted & unweighted divisions. The league is accommodating to both beginners and the more experienced and competitive tackle players. Rules are established to help players prepare for high school football. Rules are established to help players learn the game in a safe environment. NYS Nevada also runs one of the largest NFL Flag Football programs in the area. This provides a variety of options for youth players who wish to play football. NYS Nevada is a proud member of American Youth Football (AYF) and USA Football. Visit their website at


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Leaders in College Football Announce Plans To Launch Nationwide Celebration of College Football’s 150th Anniversary


2019 Season Will Mark 150 Years Since the First Game Between Princeton and Rutgers


TUSCALOOSA, AL – College football, one of America’s most beloved and popular institutions, is getting ready to celebrate a big birthday. And it plans to do so in style.

A group of college football leaders announced plans today to launch a nationwide celebration to commemorate the game’s 150th anniversary.

“No one could have imagined that since the first football game was played on November 6, 1869 that college football would grow to become one of America’s greatest traditions, beloved by tens of millions of fans every year,” said Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner and a member of the organizing committee. “At all divisions of play, college football is special and we intend to launch a nationwide celebration to mark the anniversary.”

Longtime college athletics administrator and former Big 12 Conference commissioner Kevin Weiberg has been selected to run the effort, beginning August 1st, 2017. He will work out of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s headquarters in Irving, Texas.

“This is a very exciting moment for fans of college football,” Weiberg said. “Across the country, college football is a deeply ingrained part of life for millions and millions of people. While it’s too soon to know our exact plans, we want to put something together that is big and special, something fans can be proud of. We will work closely with leaders from all divisions of college football to build a national celebration for fans to enjoy.”

The commemoration will be celebrated at all divisions of intercollegiate football during the 2019 season, with a focus on November 6, and culminating with the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2020.

Weiberg will report to a committee made up of representatives from the American Football Coaches Association, the Division I conferences, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, the NCAA, Princeton University, Rutgers University, and others.


The group includes:

Todd Berry, executive director, American Football Coaches Association

Ari Fleischer, president, Ari Fleischer Communications

Bill Hancock, executive director, College Football Playoff

Steve Hatchell, president & chief executive officer, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame

Pat Hobbs, director of athletics, Rutgers University

Chris Howard, president, Robert Morris University

Mike Kern, associate commissioner, Missouri Valley Football Conference/FCS Managing Director

Oliver Luck, executive vice president of regulatory affairs and strategic partnerships, NCAA

Mollie Marcoux Samaan, athletics director, Princeton University

Larry Scott, commissioner, Pac-12 Conference

Jon Steinbrecher, commissioner, Mid-American Conference

Bob Vecchione, executive director, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics

Wright Waters, executive director, Football Bowl Association




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