|(L-R) MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas, SportsCenter Anchor
Jay Harris, SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp, ESPN Events General Manager Pete
Derzis, and 100 Black Men of Atlanta CEO John Grant|
On Wednesday, the MEAC announced its decision to forfeit its guaranteed berth to the playoffs in favor of a new postseason Celebration Bowl. The game will pit the MEAC champion versus the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). ESPN Events, the subsidiary of ESPN that owns the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, also owns the new Celebration Bowl. The Celebration Bowl will join the MEAC/SWAC Challenge as part of the televised lineup on the ESPN cable network.
The first Celebration Bowl will take place in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on December 19, 2015 season. It will later move into the new stadium that will be built for the Falcons NFL franchise.