College football traditionalists are known to blab about how there are too many modern bowls. In the 2014-15 season, there will be 39 FBS bowls. That means 78 of the 125 full FBS members will get a lick of the postseason.
On Wednesday, one of those bowls changed its name to something unique. Previously sponsored by magicJack (2008) and Beef O'Brady's (2009-2013), the St. Petersburg Bowl officially changed its name to the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Bitcoin, the digital currency payment system, has never hosted a college football game since the company's introduction in 2009. The inaugural Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl will be played Dec. 26 at Tropicana Field between ACC and American Athletic Conference teams.
— Bitcoin Bowl (@BitcoinBowl) June 18, 2014
There is some obvious skepticism over a bowl that features a dollar sign-type logo.
We now have a bowl game sponsored by BitCoin. Is it legal to pay players with it?
— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) June 18, 2014
And of course, that was just the start of the fun:
what would the gift suite at the bitcoin bowl even involve
— Holly Anderson (@HollyAnderson) June 18, 2014
I feel like the selections for the Bitcoin Bowl should fluctuate wildly. At 4 pm, they can take SEC No. 3. At 5:05, they can take MAC No. 6.
— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) June 18, 2014
Also, I hope the NCAA Amateurism Cabinet signed off on the Bitcoin Bowl
— Patrick Hruby (@patrick_hruby) June 18, 2014