Nov 16, 2022

Florida Classic Consortium, Florida Citrus Sports Extend Partnership

ORLANDO, Florida — Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University have reached an agreement to keep the Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando through the 2026 season. The renewal between the Florida Classic Consortium, made up of leadership from both universities, and Orlando-based Florida Citrus Sports was announced Wednesday by Bethune-Cookman University Interim President Dr. Lawrence Drake II and Florida A&M University President Dr. Larry Robinson. This year’s FAMU/B-CU rivalry game, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 19, marks […]

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Nov 15, 2022

Cheez-It Signs on as Title Sponsor of Citrus Bowl

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Cheez-It® is doubling up on the absurdly cheezy college football action this season as it becomes the title sponsor of the new Cheez-It® Citrus Bowl. The Orlando-based postseason game features a matchup between teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big Ten Conference at Camping World Stadium. The agreement between Florida Citrus Sports and Cheez-It came together in collaboration with Disney Advertising. In its fifth season as an NCAA football bowl game sponsor and official sponsor of […]

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Sep 12, 2022

Team Selection Committee Kickoff Dinner Bowl Prediction Form

Make your predictions for the 2022 Cheez-It Bowl and 2023 Citrus Bowl below.

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Jun 09, 2022

PHOTO GALLERY: 2022 Member Celebration presented by AdventHealth

On June 9, Florida Citrus Sports welcomed more than 250 guests to Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre for the organization’s annual Member Celebration event presented by AdventHealth. The event program included the first remarks from Florida Citrus Sports’ 2022-23 board president, Ed Dougherty, as well as an address from our new board chairman, Paul Mears III. We also recognized a collection of outstanding member achievements, including our Members of the Year and the presentation of the prestigious Howard Palmer Award to […]

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May 26, 2022

Game Dates & Kickoff Times Set for Florida Citrus Sports Bowl Games

Game dates and kickoff times for Orlando’s Cheez-It Bowl and Vrbo Citrus Bowl games were announced Thursday as part of ESPN’s 2022-23 college football schedule release. The 2022 Cheez-It Bowl, featuring top teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 Conference, will be played in its traditional window, on Thursday, Dec. 29. Kickoff will be at 5:30 p.m. ET at Camping World Stadium, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN. At last year’s game, Clemson cornerback Mario Goodrich […]

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May 19, 2022

Florida Citrus Sports Announces Staff Promotions For 2022

Florida Citrus Sports announced a series of promotions and title changes as it prepares for the 2022 season. “Each of these individuals has made significant contributions to Florida Citrus Sports,” said CEO Steve Hogan. “It is an exciting time to be here, and I am looking forward to what we will do together.” Below are details on the staff changes: Matt Repchak – Chief Marketing Officer Matt joined Florida Citrus Sports in 2005 and begins his 18th season in 2022. […]

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May 13, 2022

FCS Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Cathy Weeden Begins Next Act

Cathy Weeden, a longtime member of the Florida Citrus Sports family, will transition out of her current staff position as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer on May 15, 2022. The move begins a new chapter for the veteran sports executive. Before joining the FCS staff in 2013, Weeden had a long history with the organization in a volunteer and member capacity. She served on the board of directors and executive committee, including terms as president in 2008-09 and chairman in […]

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May 11, 2022

Inaugural Driving Impact Celebrity Golf Roster Announced

Our inaugural Driving Impact Celebrity Golf Classic presented by AdventHealth takes place Monday, May 16 at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Take a look below at the full celebrity lineup for Monday’s outing.

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Apr 01, 2022

2022-23 LEADERSHIP UPDATE: Dougherty Begins Term as President, Mears III Moves to Chairman

As Florida Citrus Sports kicked off its 2022-23 season on April 1, Ed Dougherty, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Massey Services, officially took over as the organization’s 45th president, while outgoing president Paul Mears III of Hello! Destination Management began his one-year term as chairman. Dougherty will lead the day-to-day activities of the organization’s board of directors. In his role with Massey Services, Dougherty oversees all operations for the residential and commercial business in all six states […]

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Feb 02, 2022

A Brief History of Pro Football in Orlando

They tell me the history of pro football in Orlando is cursed, and my initial reaction is polite skepticism. Orlando? With its football-crazed fan base? Rabid TV market? Florida Citrus Sports hosting the big-league Vrbo Citrus Bowl? Postcard weather? A Who’s Who of eventual or former NFL head coaches that included Steve Spurrier, Jack Pardee, Jim Haslett, and Jay Gruden? Sounds like a lot of positives. “I wouldn’t use that word,” said Lee Corso, the ESPN college football analyst who […]

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