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Report: Houston throws most cash at Champions Bowl

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The postseason game that for now has been dubbed the Champions Bowl figures to make a pile of money for the SEC and Big 12, the two conferences who announced a Rose Bowl-type agreement earlier this year that in theory would annually pit the champs of each league in a bowl game.

The bidding to host the game, which will begin following the 2014 regular season, commenced recently, and apparently one city really wants to be named as the bowl’s venue.

According to long-time national college football writer Mark Blaudschun, the city of Houston, somewhat surprisingly, submitted the highest bid of the cities that have taken part in the bidding process for a game that’s expected to bring in at least $80 million for the two conferences.  The amount Houston bid on the game was not revealed.

The other two cities with the highest bids, Blaudschun reported on his blog, were Dallas — the presumptive front-runner according to most observers — and New Orleans.  Atlanta and San Antonio are also interested in hosting the game.  Reportedly, 10 cities were originally asked to bid on the game, although some declined to pursue the opportunity.

What remains unknown is whether the bowl will be bid out to one city for a specific period of years, or whether it will rotate among a couple of/several cities.

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9 Responses to “Report: Houston throws most cash at Champions Bowl”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 6, 2012 5:25 PM

    Houston somewhat surprises me since I thought Jerry Jones would throw the money out for this event to be held at Jerry’s World. I hope it is Houston, Dallas, or New Orleans, any of those three I have a better chance of attending the games.

    If cash is king, it will be held in Houston. That is a huge amount of money for this game, which is a smart move between the SEC and the Big 12. If the organizers can make it more of an event and not just a game, even a bowl game, it will garner even more attention and prestige.

    This new playoff scheme is still somewhat fluid, so it will be interesting to see what will be done, and the part this bowl would play in that situation.

  2. Travis Normand says: Sep 6, 2012 5:56 PM

    Reblogged this on OnePointSafety and commented:
    Houston, we have a problem.
    If I could make the city of Houston stay out of the bidding process for this bowl, I would. As of a few days ago, the most likely candidates to host this bowl game were Dallas or New Orleans. However, with Houston submitting the highest bid to host the bowl, I am guessing that could all change.
    Personally, my first choice is New Orleans as there is no better bowl desitation city. My second choice would be Dallas, simply because of the Cowboy’s venue.

  3. frug says: Sep 6, 2012 6:28 PM

    One thing to keep in mind though is Jerryworld can seat 30,000+ more people than Reliant, so if Jerry is willing to give the conferences a % of the gate receipts that could be the more profitable option even if Houston offers a larger guaranteed cash payment.

  4. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 6, 2012 6:40 PM


    Thank you for your post. I did not know that. Jerry may get the game after all.

    Houston is right down the road for me and either New Orleans or Dallas are great venues, though I love to visit New Orleans for any game or event.

  5. sabertone22 says: Sep 7, 2012 7:58 AM

    I would rather see the game be alternated between the two Conferences. Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans would be a nice rotation, but if it is all about money then who know where it will be.

  6. ebrownwareagle says: Sep 7, 2012 8:48 AM

    Atlanta would be the best venue. International airport, which can accommodate travel. And better Night Life! It’s more than just the game, it’s the atmosphere for the entire weekend.

  7. lastdukestreetking says: Sep 7, 2012 8:59 AM

    I think Jerry Jones is biding his time for the new championship game coming in a couple years. He’s smart enough to know that there are still huge inter-conference rivalries over money. It would be easy for, say, the Big 10 (Can’t Count Conference I) and the Pac 12 to block Dallas as the championsip site if they see him giving a huge bucketload of cash to the SEC and Big 12 (Can’t Count Conference II).

  8. bertenheim says: Sep 7, 2012 10:47 AM

    Anywhere but Jerry World.

  9. v2the4 says: Sep 7, 2012 10:51 AM

    I live in Houston, so of course I will always look for my hometown to do something good, but I think this game should rotate between one SEC city and One big 12 city every other season….between the two conferences, there are five domed stadiums(Cowboys stadium, Reliant, Alamodome, Superdome and Georgia Dome), so each of those city can host a title game once every five seasons, and if throw say, Orlando in the mix, then once every six years, the big12/sec champions game could be coming to a city near you….I see this as a win win….

    but, the naysayers and the pundits will probably want a fixed location with plenty of hotel rooms, entertainment, and a big fat payout….that will rule out New Orleans, as they have the hotels and “entertainment”, but probably not the yearly payout…..same thing with San Antonio…

    so that leaves Houston, Atlanta and Arlington as three most likely to reap the benefits of the game..

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