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Popeyes Bahamas Bowl: How to watch Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion on TV, streaming

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A bowl game named after a chicken company in a foreign country that takes place in a stadium built by China. Ah, bowl season.

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I know you missed these so, so much over the last two days.

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

What: The Popeyes Bahamas Bowl has been played annually in Nassau, Bahamas since 2014. It has contractual ties to the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, and the Mid-American Conference.
Who: The 2016 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl features Old Dominion and Eastern Michigan, teams that were a combined 5-18 in 2015 before rallying to make their first bowls ever (Old Dominion) and since 1987 (Eastern Michigan).
Where: Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, a stadium named for a Bahamian Olympian of the 1950s and 1960s and built by China, in Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas.
When: 1:00 p.m., December 23. Why show a game on the Friday afternoon before Christmas? Well, do you want to do work on the Friday afternoon before Christmas?
Why and how: Basically, because The Bahamas is trying to make itself a tourist attraction through sports. The Bahamas Bowl and the Battle 4 Atlantis — which you’ll recall Florida played in during the 2014-15 season — are both attempts to market the archipelagic nation, for which tourism accounts for over 60 percent of its GDP. Whether seeing a three-hour commercial for the Bahamas wrapped around a football game actually sways any prospective visitors — or is cheaper than, like, just buying ad time during a Friday afternoon on ESPN, when those airwaves are dominated by bid-buying auction sites and second-run ads for male enhancement drugs — is debatable.
What do the players get? Gift suite, S’Well insulated drink bottle, Jabba Bluetooth speakers, drawstring backpack, beach towel, bowl pin. And, yes, a trip to the Bahamas.
How much is that worth? Probably around $500? The water bottle is maybe $30, a drawstring backpack is like $15 maximum, and a beach towel is a beach towel — but no other bowl lists a bowl pin among its gifts.
Should I watch? These are two teams playing in their first bowl games in at least a generation, and the Bahamas Bowl has been wacky as all hell before. So why not?

Bowl Schedule for Week of December 19-24, 2017

Bowl Team Location Date Time (ET) / TV Streaming
Bowl Team Location Date Time (ET) / TV Streaming
Miami Beach Bowl Central Michigan vs. Tulsa Miami, FL Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 2:30 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Boca Raton Bowl Memphis vs. Western Kentucky Boca Raton, FL Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016 7 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl BYU vs. Wyoming San Diego, CA Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 9 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Idaho vs. Colorado State Boise, ID Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 7 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Eastern Michigan vs. Old Dominion Nassau, Bahamas Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 1 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Louisiana Tech vs. (25) Navy Fort Worth, TX Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 4:30 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Dollar General Bowl Ohio vs. Troy Mobile, AL Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 8 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN
Hawai'i Bowl Hawaii vs. Middle Tennessee Honolulu, HI Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016 8 p.m. / ESPN WatchESPN