Northrop Grumman Presents the Military Bowl

By Tom Sherwood
|  Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010  |  Updated 12:58 PM EDT
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Northrop Grumman Presents the Military Bowl

The EagleBank Bowl is no more.

Say hello to the Military Bowl.

News4 has confirmed that D.C.'s college football bowl game will have a new sponsor and new name.

The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman will benefit the USO. EagleBank, which has been the game's namesake for the past two years, will continue to be a partner.

Northrop Grumman is in the process of moving its headquarters to northern Virginia. The defense company has said it would become active in Washington-area community events.

The USO remains one of the major sponsors of community, assistance and entertainment for the worldwide U.S. military presence.

The Washington Convention and Sports Authority will take part in the re-branding news conference at the Washington Convention Center Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the NCAA granted the game, which is played at RFK Stadium, a four-year license. This year's game between the eighth selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference and a team from Conference USA will be played Dec. 29 and will be televised on ESPN.

Even before re-branding, organizers wanted to include a service academy on a regular rotation. A school from the ACC is slated to play Navy in 2011 and Army in 2012. Navy would have played in the 2009 EagleBank Bowl, but it failed to win six games to become bowl eligible. UCLA defeated Temple 30-21 in that game.

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