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.
(Tip O’ the Cap: MrSEC.com)