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Report: bowl, not neutral site, will host ’15 title game

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While most of the details of a college football playoff haven’t been hashed out yet, two components have been constant: that semifinals would rotate among six (and, now, perhaps seven) bowl games, and that the championship game would be bid out to a neutral site.

As far as the latter is concerned, there could be a one-year delay on that bid. In fact, the 2015 playoff — the first after the end of the BCS as we know it today — could be played within three bowl sites (two semifinals and the championship game). According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, six cities will be considered for the first championship game in college football’s new postseason. Those cities are:¬†Glendale, Ariz.; Miami, Fl.; New Orleans, La.; Pasadena, Calif.; Arlington, Tx.; and Atlanta, Ga.

Not coincidentally, every one of those cities is a host site for the six major bowls projected to act as rotating playoff sites.

The rationale behind the reported move is time, or lack thereof. The four-team playoff is 28 months away, meaning BCS commissioners apparently didn’t feel the process for any city interested in submitting an RFP (request for proposal) for the championship game would have been completed in time.

Per the report, this will be a one-year deal; a neutral site will begin hosting college football’s championship game following the 2015 season.¬†Indianapolis, Detroit, Houston, and Jacksonville are just some of the cities interested in bidding for the championship game.

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13 Responses to “Report: bowl, not neutral site, will host ’15 title game”
  1. orthomarine says: Sep 24, 2012 12:50 PM

    money money money… mooooneeeyyyyyy

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 24, 2012 1:01 PM

    You’re absolutely correct….Money. Money is the motivating factor, money will determine the winner, money is doing the talking, money just like you posted orthomarine and JT and Ben have been commenting on. It is sad that traditions and other considerations will not really enter into the mix, but they may use those considerations after the money is the deciding factor to make their choice seem to be wise. Give me a break!

  3. 69jaredallen69 says: Sep 24, 2012 1:27 PM

    For the last time NO ONE wants to go to Detroit, heck half the people living in Detroit don’t want to be there!

  4. dawgs105 says: Sep 24, 2012 1:42 PM

    Sucks for USC and Oregon (the only 2 teams that are really that competitive at a level that could get them to the playoffs west of Texas.) There are no sites west of Texas on that list, so they will have to travel.

    P.S. On a side note, @69jaredallen69
    So…you want to 69 Jared Allen…?

  5. florida727 says: Sep 24, 2012 1:52 PM

    Outside of NCAA HQ, I doubt anyone really cares where the title game is played. They could play it in Guam and if your team’s involved, you’re going. As others have clearly stated, it’s all about money. Whatever city ponies up the most, gets the game. Makes me laugh when I hear they’re soliciting “proposals” that they don’t think can be ready in time for the inaugural title game. TRANSLATION: no one has decided how much they’re willing to fork over yet. Every city named has experience with big events of some sort, be it an art festival or a music concert or a Super Bowl or some other major sporting event. HOW someone pulls off the logistics is far less relevant than how many zeroes are in the check they write to the NCAA.

    “dawgs105”, Pasadena and Glendale aren’t west of Texas? Don’t tell them that :)

  6. lastdukestreetking says: Sep 24, 2012 2:01 PM

    @dawgs105 – when did Glendale & Pasadena move east?

  7. dawgs105 says: Sep 24, 2012 2:01 PM

    I should have clarified. When I said list I was talking about the list for potential sites after 2015. Indy, Jax, Detroit, and Houston. Although they did say those “are just some of the cities interested in bidding for the Championship game”.

  8. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 24, 2012 2:56 PM

    It has NOTHING to do with money! They havent decided because theyre awaiting for Harvey Updyke and Brian Downing to send their approvals. #sarcasm

  9. dmvtransplant says: Sep 24, 2012 2:59 PM

    I laugh at the fact that Detroit & Indy are good enough for the Super Bowl a game people actually watch, but not good enough for college football, expect for the B1G championship game last year.

    I’d love it if cold weather locations or individual school stadiums were realistically considered. Let’s be honest the biggest stadium in the country is at the U of Michigan and if football is played outside in the elements(which it was meant to be) to the biggest crowd in terms on revenue put it at a bigger stadium. If not then give it to Miami full time where it’s sunny and the stadium up keep is cheap since nobody ever goes to games there.

    Point is outside in the weather and in bigger stadiums. But not in Jersey with a fake NY line tagged to it, like the NFL does.

  10. fatediesel says: Sep 24, 2012 3:40 PM

    It’s going to be in Arlington. Nobody is outbidding Jerry Jones.

  11. 69jaredallen69 says: Sep 24, 2012 4:34 PM

    Only reason Detroit got a Super Bowl was because they built a new stadium…ask anyone who attended might be the worst location for the game ever

  12. huskerzfan says: Sep 24, 2012 4:42 PM

    @ florida727:

    You deal realize that the NCAA has absolutely nothing to do with the current bowl system and the BCS, and has absolutely nothing to do with the negotiations moving forward regarding a college football national championship playoff, right?

    These are all decision that are being made by the powers that put the BCS in place. Those powers are the 11 FBS conference commissioners and the AD from Notre Dame.

    The NCAA won’t receive a nickel from this playoff. Just like they currently don’t receive a nickel from any bowl game or the BCS Championship Series.

    If you want to blame the money grab, blame it on the cherished and revered commissioners like Slive, Swofford, and Delany. They are only looking to line the pockets of the Athetic Departments of the schools in which they serve. Thus, ultimately, it is the schools that make up these conferences that are actually doing the money grab and where the finger-pointing should begin.

  13. texasbornlsufan says: Sep 25, 2012 11:51 AM

    USC REALLY!!!!!!! YOU SAID USC!!!!!!!!!


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