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New bowl game announced: The Virtual Bowl

ECU announced today that they are now selling tickets to the Virtual Bowl for $50 a piece.

Before you start to ask where those seats are located, consider a few things. Number one...ECU finished this season 5-7, just missing bowl eligibility. Number two...the name of the bowl game is called the "Virtual Bowl". Finally, take a look at the email that ECU sent out to members of the Pirate Club.

Our East Carolina University Pirate football team had an exciting season but fell one game short of qualifying for the program’s sixth straight bowl game. The Pirate football team is in goods hands with Coach Ruffin McNeill and his staff. There is a tremendous amount of young talent and our program has a bright future.

East Carolina University Athletics wants to show the college football world the passion of the Pirate Nation, even in a “bowless” year for the university. The Pirate Club is excited to announce the 2011 Virtual Bowl. Our challenge will be to sell more tickets than our bowl-bound Conference USA opponents and bowl-bound teams from the Big East. The Virtual Bowl appeal will go through December 23.

Tickets for the Virtual Bowl are $50 a piece and can be purchase by calling the Pirate Club Offices at 252-737-4540 or by going online at Virtual Bowl tickets purchased will be tax deductable and donors will receive one priority point for every ticket purchased. All proceeds from the Virtual Bowl will go towards the “Step-Up To The Highest Level Campaign”. Go Pirates!

Yes, what your thinking is correct. For $50 you can buy a ticket to a bowl game that does not exist. Interesting marketing tactic by ECU...we're still scratching our heads on this one. No word on how many tickets have been sold so far.