The NFL Players Association and ESPN announced a multi-year agreement for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to be televised live on ESPN2.
This year's game will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. ET from The Home Depot Center at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Coverage will also include four hours of live coverage of the Thursday practice on ESPNU.
The college all-star game debuted last year, but the practices were not able to be attended by NFL scouts because underclassmen were allowed to participate. NFL personnel are not allowed to watch underclassmen play in a game, practice or even work out in an venue other than the scouting combine and pro days. Prospects attending this year will be limited to seniors, and scouts typically take in the week of practice at all-star events before most leave before the actual game.
"The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl promises to be a great event featuring many draft eligible college players," said Leah LaPlaca, ESPN vice president, programming and acquisitions. "We look forward to televising the game and practices as part of ESPN's offseason football programming lineup leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft."
Former NFL coaches Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National teams.
"Our partnership with ESPN for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl provides our future members with a special opportunity to showcase their talents," said George Atallah, NFLPA Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs. "The week of the game offers players with invaluable preparation for their professional careers in the NFL, and we're proud to have ESPN be a part of that."