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The Next Big College Sport: Arm Wrestling

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Photo Credits: Mark Kolbe

by TheUconnBlog.com

Yes folks, the year is 2014 and you can now watch college arm wrestling on national television.

Last week, collegiate sports history was made.

On Tuesday, May 13th, students from Penn State University faced a nefarious bunch from Rutgers in a battle of athleticism, wit and brute strength. In front of the entire country, or on ESPNU at least, the College Arm Wrestling League held it’s first match and our country’s next great college sport was born.

The team from Rutgers prevailed, 80-30. Rutgers, winners of the first intercollegiate football game, finally has some news from it’s athletic department that it can be proud of- probably for the first time since that college football game in 1869.

The College Arm Wrestling League’s inaugural season will be played in the form of a four-team, single-elimination tournament. Rutgers beat Penn State on one side of the bracket and on the other side…

UConn versus Syracuse! A rivalry renewed! Tonight, at 7pm on ESPNU, Connecticut takes on Syracuse with everything on the line: continued national exposure, pride and a chance to publicly humiliate Rutgers. What else could you ask for?

Reasons why the CAWL is a virtual lock to succeed:

It’s a 1-on-1 battle of brute strength- people love watching that kind of stuff. Like boxing but without the blood, sweat and tears. Or with it, who knows!
It’s Co-ed! That makes it Title IX friendly and promotes gender equality. Because who cares whether just your men or just your school’s women are good at a sport, right! It’s all about balance.
The potential storylines are endless- with interest for both male and female segments, CAWL is a crossover sports entertainment hit! Corporate sponsors will be all over this.
UConn’s prestigious position as a founding member of the CAWL will only further our national profile and is sure to help us gain entry into the Power 5. My sources are telling me that the next TV deal is expected to break records.

You can check out the league’s official website for more information including a little bit more about the honorable young men and women representing the University of Connecticut on the… table? We’ll have an open thread for it later tonight featuring an interview with the team captain!

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GO HUSKIES!!

Tune in to the Championship Semifinals this Monday, August 11th, 12:45pm on ESPNU

Tune in to ESPNU this Monday – August 11th – 12:45pm ET. Watch guys and girls ‘grip it and rip it’ in the College Arm Wrestling Championship Semifinals!

Jaclyn Paride Full Interview and Promos on PIX11-TV

Watch UConn freshman – College Arm Wrestling League arm wrestler Jaclyn Paride arm on WPIX11-TV with morning show hosts Kori Chambers and Lisa Mateo.

Jaclyn Paride vs. WPIX Channel 11 NYC host Kori Chambers Friday 7/18 – 8:15am!

TeamJaclyn-JaclynParideTUNE IN to WPIX Channel 11 NYC Morning News Friday, July 18 in the 8:15 AM segment to see undefeated, coed college arm wrestler Jaclyn Paride from UConn arm wrestle the hosts!

Can she beat #PIX11NEWS
buff & burly Kori Chambers?!

He’s going to be a tough challenger! #TeamJackie

If you live outside the WPIX NYC viewing area, you can watch the live stream at http://pix11.com/ – the live link will be in red at the upper left when the show is on. Jackie’s in the 8:15 AM segment.

TONITE: College Students Grip It & Rip It in the College Arm Wrestling League Championship

TONITE on ESPNU – College Students Grip it & rip it in the College Arm Wrestling League Championship – CAWL To Arms – (Tuesday, 5/13/14 at 7pm ET)

Sumo Wrestler vs. College Arm Wrestlers

TUNE IN to #CAWLToArms TOMORROW, May 13 at 7PM #ESPNU. Watch students from #PennState vs. students from #Rutgers in co-ed arm wrestling!

TOMORROW: College Students Grip It & Rip It in the College Arm Wrestling League Championship

TOMORROW on ESPNU – College Students Grip it & rip it in the College Arm Wrestling League Championship – CAWL To Arms – (Tuesday, 5/13/14 at 7pm ET)

Snake Wrestler vs. College Arm Wrestlers

TUNE IN to #CAWLToArms on Tuesday, May 13 at 7PM #ESPNU.  Watch students from #PennState vs. students from #Rutgers in co-ed arm wrestling!

Lucha Libre Wrestler vs. College Arm Wrestler

TUNE IN to #CAWLToArms on Tuesday, May 13 at 7PM #ESPNU. Watch students from #PennState vs. students from #Rutgers in co-ed arm wrestling!

Tune in May 13 at 7pm ET as ESPNU Debuts New College Arm Wrestling Championship, CAWL To Arms

College Guys and Girls Grip It and Rip It for Arm Wrestling Championship

Action-packed, new coed sports championship, College Arm Wrestling debuts on ESPNU Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00 PM ET. Teams composed of male and female competitors from rival schools face one another in exciting and grueling matches to compete for the College Arm Wrestling Championship. The Championship competition is filmed at the famed Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J.

See a video preview of the action:


Match-ups for week one include students from Penn State versus students from Rutgers. In week two of the competition, airing on May 20 at 7:00 PM ET, students from University of Connecticut meet students from Syracuse University. The winning teams from those match-ups will face each other in a final hour-long special on May 27 at 7:00 PM ET to determine the 2014 College Arm Wrestling Grand Champions. The winning team members will share a $10,000 cash prize.

“IMPACT WRESTLING” superstar and five-time CBS “Big Brother” star, Jessie Godderz, known to his fans as Mr. PEC-Tacular, has been tapped to co-host the competition. ESPN announcers Noah Coslov and Tara Petrolino will host the inaugural season of NYC Brand Production’s new coed College Arm Wrestling Championship. Referee for the College Arm Wrestling Championship is four-time World Arm Wrestling Champion, Jim Bryan who has wrestled on five continents for Team U.S.A.

About NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS:

NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS is a New York-based full-service company dedicated to producing high quality, original television, Internet, video and live theatrical shows.  NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS is in post-production on its first scripted dramedy “Tainted Dreams.”  For more information on “CAWL To Arms” College Arm Wrestling Championship visit http://cawltoarms.com. For more information on NYC BRAND PRODUCTIONS, visit http://nycbrandproductions.com, and for more information on “Tainted Dreams” visit www.tainteddreamstheseries.com.

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