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Report: 10 cities asked to bid on Champions Bowl

Mike Slive AP

Announced earlier this year and expected to commence in 2014, the so-called Champions Bowl is still searching for the location of the inaugural game that will pit the champions of the SEC and Pac-12 (maybe) in a game similar to the Rose Bowl.

According to at least one report, the list of potential host cities has been whittled down to a select couple of few.‘s Brett McMurphy tweeted earlier today that the Champions Bowl has sent out RFPs (Requests for Proposal) to a total of 10 cities scattered out across the Southeast and Southwest.  Six of those cities are in what would be considered SEC territory — Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa; three are in the Big 12’s footprint — Dallas, Phoenix and San Antonio; and one, Houston, that could be considered both given Texas A&M’s move from the Big 12 to the SEC.

Among those cities, Dallas is considered the early front-runner.  When a host city for the 2015 game (played after the 2014 regular season) is unknown.

The Champions Bowl — or whatever name it ultimately officially adopts — is one of three bowls that have been guaranteed access on a rotational basis in the new playoff system, which will commence in earnest following the 2014 regular season.  The other two bowls guaranteed a rotational spot are the Rose and Orange.

The Capital One, Chick-fil-A, Cotton, Fiesta and Sugar Bowls, among others, will be in the running for what’s being described as “access bowls” in the six-bowl rotation.

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20 Responses to “Report: 10 cities asked to bid on Champions Bowl”
  1. weavergm says: Aug 6, 2012 6:27 PM

    The Big 12 has a wide footprint now that stretches from West Virginia to Lubbock, but Phoenix is a bit farther west. That would be Pac-12 country. Probably not a serious contender for that very reason.

  2. dannythebisforbeast says: Aug 6, 2012 6:47 PM

    As mark Emmert says football should be second to education. Yea right. Education does not make him billions.

  3. mgavin78 says: Aug 6, 2012 6:50 PM

    Any doubt this goes to Dallas. NO!!!!

  4. mdak06 says: Aug 6, 2012 6:50 PM

    I’d presume Dallas, New Orleans, Houston and Atlanta are probably the best bets.

  5. stairwayto7 says: Aug 6, 2012 6:52 PM

    Phoenix in Big 12 footprints? Last I knew ASU played 10 miled from Phoenix! Put game in State College since that is the only thing the media wants to talk about and lets see SEC team play in cold weather!

  6. ndnut says: Aug 6, 2012 7:10 PM

    It’s SEC vs. BIG 12, not the PAC 12.

  7. bertenheim says: Aug 6, 2012 7:20 PM

    Give it to Jerry and expect over-sold seating and an ice storm.

  8. steeler1nation says: Aug 6, 2012 7:48 PM

    “Where’s State College on that list?!?”

    – a die-hard PSU zombie

  9. showerswithsandusky says: Aug 6, 2012 8:25 PM

    State College is already hosting a Jamboree that weekend in the locker room.

  10. showerswithsandusky says: Aug 6, 2012 8:30 PM

    bertenheim says:
    Aug 6, 2012 7:20 PM
    Give it to Jerry and expect over-sold seating and an ice storm.


    you’re an idiot. NFL’s fault not Jerry’s. Go send some love letters to your boy Sandusky and quit trying to act like you know something about football. Idiot!

  11. kozbee says: Aug 6, 2012 9:36 PM

    As we all know its coming to the SEC.

  12. indywvu says: Aug 6, 2012 10:56 PM

    You know the SEC will find a way to make it a home game. I mean, they play out of their “territory” about 2% of the time.

  13. suprmous says: Aug 6, 2012 11:37 PM

    For what it’s worth it needs to be on neutral ground where the teams involved have never played before, doing this neither one of them can say they have “home field advantage”. No matter whether it’s Dallas or New Orleans you guys are going to find something wrong with so why not just comprimse and give it to somebody North of both of Dallas and New Orleans, just sayin.

  14. tommy57 says: Aug 7, 2012 3:32 AM

    @ Danny – The playoff scheme is expected to generate 3/4 of a billion dollars.

    H. L. Mencken wrote “when they say it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”

  15. vols84 says: Aug 7, 2012 6:52 AM

    I am pretty sure it’s the SEC and Big 12

  16. fcmlefty1 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:12 AM

    Jeez some of you guys are dense. The Fiesta Bowl has been the host bowl for the Big 12 champion since the inception of the league in the mid 90’s. Of course they are going to be extended the courtesy of applying to host this game, in the exact same manor that New Orleans has been asked to submit a bit as the current host of the SEC champion.

  17. bertenheim says: Aug 7, 2012 11:29 AM

    An average commuter travels more miles in one week than an SEC football team does in four months.

  18. fijis1 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:35 AM

    SEC Championship game is in ATL. But only for the last 18 years…… Champions Bowl should have two loactions one in BIG 12 country and one in SEC country and the winner of previous year gets the game the next year.

  19. poppyitis says: Aug 7, 2012 1:57 PM

    WOW !!!! This proposal surely is slanted towards the SEC. Any wonder the ‘committee’ approach to selecing the final four teams is not also slanted?

  20. danoregon says: Aug 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    I figure a corporate sponsor is going to decide this thing and with both Frito-Lay and Dr. Pepper HQd in the Dallas area, I’d bet on JerryWorld.

    And they’ll call the game – the Cotton Bowl.

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