Washington, D.C.  20549

Current Report Pursuant
to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
August 19, 2004

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

DELAWARE                  0-19649               58-1654960
(State or other         (Commission           (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of          File Number)      Identification No.)

(Address of principal executive offices)     (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code
(813) 283-7000

Former name or former address (if changed since last report)


On August 19, 2004, the Registrant issued
a news release entitled "Checkers(R) Official
Burger Sponsor of Gators and Seminoles
Brings rivalry to drive-thrus, scholarship
and educational funding to University of
Florida and Florida State University", a
copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.


Pursuant to the requirements of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
Registrant has duly caused this report to
be signed on its behalf by the undersigned
hereunto duly authorized.


Name:   Keith E. Sirois
Title:  Director, CEO and President
Dated:  August 19, 2004


Exhibit Number	Description

99.1	Press Release, dated August 19, 2004

Exhibit 99.1


4300 West Cypress Street, Suite 600,
Tampa, Florida 33607
* (813) 283-7000 * (813) 283-7001

CONTACT:	Kim Francis
		MARC Public Relations

Checkers(R) Official Burger Sponsor of Gators
and Seminoles Brings rivalry to drive-thrus,
scholarship and educational funding to University
of Florida and Florida State University

TAMPA, FL - August 19, 2004 - Checkers Drive-In
Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHKR), the nation's
largest double drive-thru chain, today announced
multi-year Official Burger sponsorships with the
University of Florida and Florida State University,
bringing this great intrastate rivalry to its drive-
thrus, while providing scholarship and educational
funding to the University of Florida and Florida
State University.

"We are very excited about this relationship as
it reaches far beyond traditional football or
sports sponsorships to the support of educational
programs at both universities," said Richard S.
Turer, Vice President of Marketing at Checkers
Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. "Gator and Seminole
alumni, students and fans will be able to compete
in a 'scholarship competition' to see which
university can raise the most money for their
respective athletic scholarship funds by ordering
a Gator or Seminole combo meal at participating
Checkers. We also look forward to becoming fully
active academic partners with both Florida and
Florida State."

Checkers has made a multi-year commitment to
each university. Checkers restaurants will donate
a portion of the proceeds of each Gator Combo,
Seminole Combo or large Coke(R) purchased to the
schools' athletic scholarship funds during football
season. Checkers corporate headquarters has also
pledged an annual contribution of $25,000 each to
the University of Florida Food Science and Human
Nutrition Department and the Florida State
University Dedman School of Hospitality to be
used toward scholarships as well as other
educational and internship programs.

"The students and faculty of the Food Science
and Human Nutrition Department have already
had success with Checkers on recent food sensory
projects, and we look forward to working with
Checkers in the future," said Charles Sims,
Professor and Chair of the Food Science and Human
Nutrition Department at the University of Florida.
"We are pleased to accelerate the working
relationship between our students and Checkers.
Having a Florida-based corporation as the Official
Burger Sponsor of the Gators is great for our
entire student population in Gainesville, the
athletic department and for Gators fans throughout
the state."

"Checkers is the leading double drive-thru
concept in the hospitality field, and our students
are being provided unique opportunities to further
expand their educational aspirations in restaurant
management and other disciplines," said Dr. Robert
H. Bosselman, Director of the Dedman School of
Hospitality at Florida State University.   "Checkers
is a publicly-traded restaurant corporation, which
will provide our students tremendous internship
opportunities as well as employment opportunities
upon graduation. We look forward to our relationship
with Checkers at Florida State University."

Checkers locations will celebrate the Florida and
Florida State sponsorships by displaying both schools'
colors during the football season. The multi-year
agreements also include Checkers radio and TV spots.

Most Checkers locations in the State of Florida
began offering the Gator and Seminole combo meals
this week, which include a half-pound Double Champ(R)
with cheese, large fries and a large Coke in the
fan's choice of Gator or Seminole collectible cup.

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. continues to
have much success with sports marketing. Its current
affiliations include the Indianapolis Colts(R), Miami
Dolphins(R), Louisville Cardinals(R), Tampa Bay Devil Rays(R),
Indianapolis 500(R) and Brickyard 400(R).

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (
is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in
the United States. The Company develops, produces,
owns, operates and franchises quick service "double
drive- thru" restaurants.

Except for historical information, this announcement
contains "forward-looking" and "Safe Harbor" statements
within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities
Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These
forward-looking and Safe Harbor statements reflect
management's expectations based upon currently
available information and data; however, actual
results are subject to future events and uncertainties,
which could cause actual results to materially differ
from those projected in these statements. Further
information regarding factors that could affect the
company's financial and other results is included in
the company's Forms 10Q and 10K, filed with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.