Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, February 25, 2014
The Robertson clan is bringing its star power to collegiate sports. According to Bleacher Report, the duck call-making family recently bought the naming rights to the Independence Bowl, which takes place every December in Shreveport, La.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy broke the news via Twitter Sunday.
The bowl, which has been known in recent years as the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, usually features a match-up between a team from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). It was first founded in 1976.
The Robertsons, who’ve seen their season four ratings dip in light of anti-gay comments made by patriarch Phil Robertson in GQ Magazine last December, also just purchased the naming rights to NASCAR spring Sprint Cup 500 race. That race, which takes place at Texas Motor Speedway, will now be known as the “Duck Commander 500.”
Before starting Duck Commander, the elder Robertson had been a standout quarterback at Louisiana Tech University, where his backup was future Hall of Famer (and Fox sports analyst) Terry Bradshaw.