MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A college football bowl is returning to Montgomery's historic Cramton Bowl. Once home to the Blue-Gray All Star game, the Bowl will now host the Black College Senior Bowl in December.
The announcement came on the same day the city presented its new sports commissioner.
The first bit of news at Montgomery City Hall: Ken Blankenship is named Executive Director of the new Montgomery Sports Commission. "I have passion for sports and amateur sports," said Commissioner Blankenship.
And then the bigger announcement. "This will be the first historic black college Senior Bowl," Blankenship said.
A game that will consist of players from at least 4 football conferences made up of historically black colleges, showing off their skills at Cramton Bowl. The 4 include SWAC.
"This will exposed them to NFL scouts," said Blankenship.
A case in point. Derick Moore remembers a talented quarterback for Tuskegee who never got invited to the Senior Bowl in Mobile and never got an invitation to try out for the NFL. Moore is the CEO of Synergy Sports and Associates, Inc., the company that signed a 5-year deal with the city of Montgomery to organize the game every year.
The first black college Senior Bowl will be played on December 19th of this year. Kick-off is set for 2 PM.
The bowl has the potential to be a win-win situation, not only for the players who want to play another game in December but for the city as well. More people in town, more money spent.
City leaders estimate that when you count up all the players, coaches and officials associated with the game, you're looking at around 1,000 people and that number, of course, doesn't include the fans.
WSFA.com will webcast that game on December 19th.