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The BattleBots Collegiate Championship was a BattleBots sanctioned event for middleweight robots held in 2009 within the Mare Island Naval Shipyard of Vallejo, California.

The competition was initially set to air on the network CBS in August 2009 in Greg Munson and Trey Roski's search to see BattleBots televised after it was dropped by Comedy Central, but for unknown reasons, this did not go ahead. As such, much of the event is considered lost media[1], although an entire first episode surfaced on the official BattleBots YouTube channel in September 2010.[2]

"Unfortunately today we have some bad news for you (but some good news too). Commercial spots for the College series could not be sold, and consequently the series had to be pulled from the schedule. This has nothing to do with the show itself. Indeed, the people we have shown the shows to LOVE it. We even got a standing ovation at the Autodesk party last week in Vegas. Our feeling is with the economy, and the relatively small audience base of the network, commercial spots could not be sold. Rest assured, we're doing our best to make the show available to you."
— A statement from BattleBots producers in 2009.

The BattleBots arena was much smaller than the one used in the Comedy Central era, instead looking somewhat similar in size and design to the one used to host the annual BattleBots IQ tournaments in years past. The hazards also had a fair share of changes, with the pulverizers being operated by the competitors, the hellraisers and killsaws making a return, and the screws having completely serrated edges.

Several veteran builders from the Comedy Central era returned for the event, whether it was to compete or commit to staff roles. Mark Setrakian and Peter Abrahamson (of The Master and Ronin fame) participated as judges, and Brian Nave (of Phrizbee/Shrederator fame) assumed the role of chief tech inspector. Among the returning competitors were Team Whyachi (BABS, Falcon, Warrior SKF), Team Nightmare (Breaker Box), Team Mutant Robots (Root Canal), The Bot Dudes (Hugs & Kisses), Operation Boilermaker (Counter-Revolution), Team Think Tank (VD6.0), Team XD (Subzero), Eric Stoliker (Bender), and Team Loki (Surgeon General).

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