Student Athletes, VIPs Could Receive over $1,300 in Bowl Game Gifts

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterDecember 9, 2013


We’ll never pay you, but which one of you kids wants a PlayStation 4?! 

The NCAA isn’t in the business of bankrolling student athletes, but will continue to allow the practice of gift-giving this bowl season.

As per usual, college football players and VIPs will be privy to a number of “gift suites” as part of their participation in the various bowl games this holiday season. 

The suites will be doled out in the days prior to the game, according to David Broughton of SportsBusinessDaily.com, and will include everything from smart tablets to leather recliners and game consoles.

Each participant is allowed to bring home the NCAA limit of $550 in bowl game gifts—a number which can be stretched by bowl committees who secure bulk-purchase pricing for their swag.

Different bowls will have different gift packages. The following are three sought after items that will be handed out to players, cheerleaders and VIPs at various bowl games across the country.

Southern Motion Viva Recliner (Military Bowl)

See it here.

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It’s leather, it reclines and has two USB ports for charging electronic devices. In other words, frantically checking your fantasy team's score will never destroy your cell phone battery again.

List Price: $429.00 (myHTseats.com)

PlayStation 4 (Military Bowl)

Brand spanking new, next generation PlayStations will be doled out to a number of student-athletes and VIPs.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear Kass Everett will have his revenge against compliance, as the Sooners will be in the Sugar Bowl.

List Price: $399.00 (walmart.com)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl)

A tablet with a 10-inch touch screen and up to 16 gigabytes of storage, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is perfect for studying and taking notes during class...or Candy Crush. There’s always that.

List Price: $359.99 (bestbuy.com)

In addition to the $550 allowed for bowl game suites, participants can receive $400 in gifts from their school and the same in awards from their conference for playing in the postseason. Math has never been my strong suit, but I believe that brings the dollar total for bowl game gifts allowable to $1,350.

It’s a tidy potential sum for student-athletes, but obviously, the chance to rake in over $1,000 in gifts is only possible for players whose teams have made bowl games.

Remember, kids—only winners get free tablets.

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