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Potato Bowl agrees to 6-year deals

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has reached a six-year agreement with the Mid-American and Mountain West conferences, sources said Wednesday.

The six-year deal runs from 2014-19.

The bowl game had been affiliated with the Western Athletic Conference since 2001 until the WAC disbanded as a football program after the 2012 season. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl had previously signed a one-year deal for 2013 with the Mid-American and Mountain West conferences.

ESPN will take over ownership of the bowl, giving the network ownership of eight of the current 30 non-BCS bowl games, industry sources said.

Besides the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, ESPN Regional Television currently owns and operates the BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.), Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas), Las Vegas Bowl, Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque), Texas (Houston) and Sheraton Hawaii Bowl (Honolulu).

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is played in Boise, Idaho, at Bronco Stadium on Boise State's campus. This year's kickoff is on Dec. 21.