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Badlands Bowl to cease operations after 2020 game

All-star game ends after 27 years
Posted at 7:00 PM, Feb 01, 2020

MILES CITY — One of Montana's most beloved all-star games is calling it quits.

The Badlands Bowl, which has pitted Montana's best outgoing senior football players against North Dakota's best, will cease operations after the 2020 game, co-founder Kelly Reid told MTN Sports on Saturday. Reid said a committee made the decision two weeks ago to end the game.

The first Badlands Bowl was played in 1994 and has alternated between Miles City and Dickinson, North Dakota every June since. Approzimately 1900 players have participated over the years, with many going on to achieve college and even professional football success. Badlands Bowl alumni have played in the Rose Bowl and the Super Bowl, among others.

Montana holds a 20-6 advantage in the series, winning the last five in a row. But the game was about more than the score, Reid said. It also raised money for the Knights of Columbus charities, with an emphasis on Special Olympics.

The 27th and final edition will be held June 20 in Dickinson.