Camping World out as Independence Bowl sponsor - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

BREAKING

Camping World out as Independence Bowl sponsor

After just 2 years, Camping World is out as Independence Bowl sponsor. (Source: KSLA News 12) After just 2 years, Camping World is out as Independence Bowl sponsor. (Source: KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Independence Bowl officials have confirmed that Camping World has pulled out as title sponsor.

"Camping World chose not to exercise the third and fourth year of our existing agreement and after a period of negotiations, we could not reach terms to continue," said Bowl chairman Eric Barkley in a news conference called late Friday afternoon. 

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis first confirmed the news to KSLA News 12 early Friday afternoon, saying he is disappointed that they could not come to an agreement on another year as the title sponsor for the college football bowl game in Shreveport. 

Lemonis tells KSLA News 12 that he really wanted to make things work and that he and the committee have been going back and forth for the last several days. 

According to Lemonis, the Independence Bowl made $500,000 last year, but as title sponsor, they spent $700,000. His offer for this year was $550,000 but he claims the Independence Bowl Committee wanted $800,000 and they couldn't come to an agreement.

Lemonis added that he loved being in Shreveport, but they will still be opening up a Camping World here and they will find a way to be involved in the community. 

Camping World was announced as the I-Bowl's new title sponsor in July 2015, four months after Duck Commander pulled out, becoming the 7th title sponsor for the game. 

During Friday's news conference, Barkley declined to get into the details of the negotiations, saying Lemonis' comments could stand on their own. But he did point out that the issue came down to the terms and was not because either side wanted out of the agreement. 

"It's our understanding that they wanted to continue. We would have wanted them to continue if they could have agreed to terms and that would have been a great thing for our community," said Barkley. 

Still, he acknowledged that there is value in not having to look for a new title sponsor.

"In the bowl business, you're always at some point looking for a title sponsor. You know, we've been through quite a few. We are very confident that we'll find another and that the bowl will go on,"

The search for a new title sponsor will begin next week. 

Copyright 2017 KSLA. All rights reserved. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Homeless man gets makeover from big-hearted cops

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-04-25 18:44:10 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 3:49 PM EDT2017-04-25 19:49:50 GMT

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>

    Police officers in Rome, NY, went the extra mile to give back to their community, helping one in need.

    More >>
  • Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Teen with cerebral palsy denied prom tickets

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:36 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:36:27 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:00:47 GMT
    Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)Ashley Hamblin already has her dress picked out, but may not be able to wear it. (WSMV)

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>

    She has her dress, her date, and an extensive hair and makeup plan. It’s all in anticipation of her high school prom, but a Middle Tennessee teen was denied tickets.

    More >>
  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
Powered by Frankly