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Report: Champions Bowl host list narrows

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Earlier this month, the so-called Champions Bowl sent out RFPs (Requests for Proposal) to a total of 10 cities across Southeast and Southwest to host the game, which will begin after the 2014 regular season.

Those ten cities were [/deep breath in]: Atlanta, Jacksonville, Nashville, New Orleans (pictured), Orlando, Tampa, Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio and Houston.

Of those ten, only three — Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta – have actually to bid, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com. McMurphy goes on to write “Phoenix and Tampa will not submit a bid, while Houston*, Orlando, Nashville, San Antonio and Jacksonville have formally not made a decision yet.”

The deadline to complete the RFP is Aug. 22.

It’s not a bad sign that only three cities have bid on the bowl, which is reported to be valued at $80 million annually (Sports Business Daily). Dallas and New Orleans have been the favorites to land the game for a while, and some sites that do not land the game likely have a shot to be one of six rotating “access games” for college football’s new postseason.

(*As of Aug. 7, Houston was reportedly interested in making a run at the Champions Bowl.) 

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8 Responses to “Report: Champions Bowl host list narrows”
  1. florida727 says: Aug 14, 2012 6:01 PM

    Why PHX and Tampa declined to even bid is beyond me. With all the hatred toward the BCS, once this launches for the 2014 season, it’s going to be the proverbial “cash cow” for whoever lands it.

    I live in the Tampa area. Whoever was tasked with deciding whether or not to bid, congratulations, you’re an idiot.

  2. deadeye says: Aug 14, 2012 6:23 PM

    Alot of work (ie money) goes into submitting a bid like this. If those cities realized their chances were slim and none, then what’s the point of spending the time and money necessary to formulate a bid?

    It was a forgone conclusion up front that Atlanta and Dallas were the top two candidates.

  3. mountaineer50415 says: Aug 14, 2012 6:45 PM

    It would be great if they both won. Each got the game every other year. That would be perfect for both the SEC and the Big 12.

  4. tigersgeaux says: Aug 14, 2012 7:26 PM

    If the bids are financial only then Dallas and Jerry Jones with “Jerry’s World” will win. If there is a consideration of what football players and teams want, every poll of these players and teams over the past many decades, has New Orleans come first. Don’t know what criteria they are considering for the winning “bid” or “Request of Proposal”. But, I don’t see how they can go wrong with Dallas, Atlanta, or New Orleans, so its a win-win-win situation for the Champions Bowl and money-money-money for the SEC and Big 12 as well as the participating teams.

  5. bertenheim says: Aug 14, 2012 7:47 PM

    Jerry’s primary concern will be higher attendance than the Rose Bowl.
    I wish him no luck in anything.

  6. dcroz says: Aug 14, 2012 9:12 PM

    It’s pretty obvious that the three cities that have bid so far are the ones the Champions Bowl folks are truly interested in. All the others (with the possible exception of Houston) were asked to submit bids just so that the Big XII and SEC could say that they looked at a true geographic diversity for sites, and then wind up with the finalists that they really wanted. Dallas is Big XII country and has the largest venue, New Orleans is closest to the middle geographically and has the party atmosphere everyone wants, while Atlanta is SEC country and has arguably the most college football-oriented population. Expect Atlanta to be eliminated because of it hosting the SEC Championship Game and thus being a “home” venue for the SEC champ, and the selection coming down to Dallas (where it will become the new Cotton Bowl) or New Orleans (where it will become the new Sugar Bowl).

    As a sidelight, if Dallas is the selection, the question becomes what will happen to the Sugar Bowl? Will it be demoted to non-major status the way the Cotton was when the Fiesta Bowl took its place at the start of the BCS Era, or will it find a new alignment that will keep it as a top-tier bowl–though I’m not sure what that would be?

  7. kozbee says: Aug 15, 2012 1:17 AM

    Lets keep it in SEC country..

  8. tomtravis76 says: Aug 15, 2012 9:27 AM

    Its going to Jerry World.

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