Gator Bowl Sports officials depend of private funding

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- At a meeting with local media members from around Jacksonville Wednesday, Rick Catlett, President of newly formed Gator Bowl Sports, and Alan Verlander, Chief Operating Officer of Gator Bowl Sports and Entertainment, presented the new economic structure of the newly formed Gator Bowl Sports.

"Creating a new board that is privately funded, not using any tax payers dollars and with everybody who has a stake in sports and sports marketing in Jacksonville will not be sitting at the same table discussing what's best for all of us and I think that citizens of Jacksonville and northeast Florida will be the beneficiaries of this," Catlett said.

For the first time in Jacksonville sports history, all of the sporting organizations around the city are working together to bring the best events to the River City. Gator Bowl Sports officials laid out how purchasing a sports council membership card will provide you with perks any sports fan will appreciate.

"If you're a sports fan and you really want to be involved in the sports scene in Jacksonville for $24 a month you can really get ingrained, but you really get a lot of that back to you with tax slayer bowl tickets with a membership card that is worth more than the membership that you paid," said Verlander.

Last year, the Gator Bowl Association changed its name and created a not-for-profit organization to focus on attracting more sporting events to Jacksonville — including more neutral site college football games.

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