Veteran professional sports executive Monty Clegg has been added to the administrative staff of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl as an Associate Manager of Events, announced Brant B. Ringler, Executive Director of the Fort Worth, Texas-based collegiate football bowl game.
Clegg, a double graduate from The Ohio State University, will add his strong experience in sports administration to the veteran bowl staff. Clegg will wear many hats in Fort Worth and his extensive duty list will include oversight of nearly all of the operational aspects for what has become truly more than a bowl game.
This year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
“Having Monty as part of our administrative team here at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is a tremendous opportunity for us as well as him,” commented Ringler in announcing the approval of Clegg’s appointment. “Monty joins our team with a very solid resume and will add great insight and experience into every aspect of the overall operation of our event.”
With both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism (1980) and a Master of Arts Degree in Sports Administration (1982) from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Clegg has had a successful tenure for over 25 years in Texas as a key executive for professional sports teams, Metroplex special events and sports facilities.
Included among his previous work experience, Clegg was an integral part of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers for 15 years (1986-2001) with the last five as the Assistant Director of Professional and International Scouting. Clegg was also Director of Internal Affairs for the first two TicketCity Bowl games (now the Heart of Dallas Bowl).
Clegg comes to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl from Grand Prairie, Texas; where he served as the Director of Baseball Operations of the Grand Prairie (Texas) AirHogs baseball team. He also spent four years as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Fort Worth Cats Baseball Club (2002-2006), where he was named league Executive of the Year three times.
This year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is slated to feature a team from the Mountain West Conference playing against the U.S. Naval Academy, pending bowl eligibility (a minimum of six wins). While the bowl game played in honor of the armed forces has previously hosted the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012), this is the first year that the bowl is contracted with the Naval Academy.
Owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), which is part of ESPN, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.
Tickets for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will go on sale on October 1, 2013 through ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed forces veterans and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the bowl’s corporate armed forces ticket underwriting program, while supplies are available.