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247Sports selecting U.S. Army Bowl

BRENTWOOD, Tenn./WHARTON, N.J. (May 7, 2013) - 247Sports and All American Games are proud to announce today that we have signed a long-term agreement for 247Sports to be the official online selection partner for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the U. S. Army National Combine.

The Colts' record-setting rookie QB Andrew Luck played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation’s premier high school football game, featuring 90 of the best high school football players in the nation. The game is held each January in San Antonio’s Alamodome and broadcast live on NBC.

“The Army All-American Bowl is the premier event in football recruiting,” said Shannon Terry, Founder and CEO of 247Sports. “It is an honor for us to be involved with such a prestigious and iconic event, and we look forward to doing our part to continue its great history and tradition.”

The game has seen 238 participants drafted by the NFL – 63 of which were first-round selections and 49 of which were selected to the Pro Bowl. Notable alumni include Adrian Peterson, Andrew Luck, Jamaal Charles, Patrick Peterson, Ndamukong Suh, Eric Berry, Percy Harvin, Brian Cushing, Reggie Bush, Tim Tebow, D.J. Fluker, Barkevious Mingo, Sheldon Richardson and many more.

“The U.S Army All-American Bowl is far more than just a game,” said Terry. “The lessons learned on and off the field during that week are invaluable, and all the prospects involved will make memories they will carry with them long after their football careers are over.”

”We are thrilled that 247Sports has joined as the online selection partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Their team’s collective expertise and knowledge of the high school football scene is unparalleled,” said All American Games President, Rich McGuinness. “We are excited about the exposure and coverage they will bring to the Bowl game, the Army National Combine and all the athletes participating.”

In addition to the game, bowl week activities include community engagement activities; player and Soldier Hero challenges, a welcome BBQ; an Awards Dinner; U.S. Army Coaches Academy (featuring a seminar and on-field coaching clinic with NFL and NCAA Coaches); and the opportunity to meet and interact with soldiers from around the country.

About U.S Army All-American Bowl

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. The U.S. Army is the title sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and American Family Insurance is the lead national sponsor and presenting sponsor of the telecast on NBC. Other national sponsors include adidas, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gatorade, SKLZ, NCSA, School of the Legends, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Lockheed Martin, Xenith, Battle Sports Science, Oakley, NewTek and Football University. National sponsors of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band include NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, Drum Corps International, Jupiter Band Instruments and DeMoulin Uniforms.

NFL rushing champ Adrian Peterson played in the 2004 Army Bowl.

About 247Sports

247Sports is an independent digital sports media company consisting of a network of market-leading college team sites and a team of national experts and reporters. Through innovative technology products and a focus on mobile platforms, 247Sports has become a leader in the ever-growing Recruiting category. Founded in 2010 by the former founders of Rivals.com, the company is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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Additional Notes from Shannon Terry

We are incredibly excited to be part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Army National Combine.

Last year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl marked the 13th anniversary of the game and drew a record crowd of 40,133. The next Bowl game will take place on January 4, 2014 at 1pm ET and will be broadcast live by NBC.

When sports fans think of “college football recruiting” there are two events that come to mind. One is “National Signing Day,” and the other is the “U.S. Army All-American Bowl.”

The game has a rich history with 238 participants drafted by the NFL – 63 of which were 1st round selections and 49 of which were selected to the Pro Bowl.

Rivals.com was the game’s previous online selection partner -- a partnership we executed during our time managing Rivals. We have a great history working with Rich McGuinness and Doug Berman and are honored and privileged to be part of the Bowl and other events managed by All-American Games.

The game is much more than an All-star festival, it stands as a beacon in the development of young athletes and serves as a positive experience that Army All-American Bowl alumni take with them beyond their days on the gridiron.

In addition to becoming the online selection partner for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, 247Sports will receive the following:

-- 247Sports will be part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl registration process for interviews and data collection when game participants report to San Antonio
-- Preferred media access during U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices
-- Exclusive post-practice access for interviews
-- Category exclusive U.S. Army All-American Bowl in-game branding for 247Sports
-- Exclusive online selection partner of the athletes invited to the U.S. Army National Combine
-- 247Sports will be part of the Army National Combine registration process for interviews and data collection on the nation’s top junior prospects
-- Exclusive player data from the Army National Combine

Through innovative technology products like Player Database 2.0, Crystal Ball, 247Composite, Recruiter Rankings, and a focus on hiring the industry’s most experienced recruiting reporters, 247Sports is committed to becoming the leader of the ever-growing recruiting category. But it all starts with who really matters most – The Fan. Fans are the life-blood of any thriving online website and we will continue to bring you the very latest in product innovations, social interaction platforms and scoop on your favorite teams. We appreciate your support of 247Sports. -- Shannon

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