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Three Texas Cities (Plus Atlanta, New Orleans) Bid For “Champions” Bowl

ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy reported last night that two more cities — Houston and San Antonio — have decided to make bids for the new “Champions” Bowl being created by the Big XII and SEC.  Those two cities join Arlington, New Orleans and Atlanta in the bidding process.

The two leagues asked 10 cities in all to bid for the new game, but to date, Jacksonville, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix (Glendale), and Tampa have all twiddled their thumbs.  The feeling is that officials in those five cities believe Arlington and New Orleans to be such heavy favorites to land the game that they don’t even need to get involved in this auction.

The fact that Houston and San Antonio have gotten involved is clearly a plus for both the SEC and Big XII as it will drive up the price of the game.  More bidders = a better deal.  For now, it’s believed the “Champions” Bowl will partner with an existing bowl, take part in the new playoffs as a semifinal game in four years out of the 12-year plan, and kick off for the first time on January 1st, 2015.

But no one is really sure of anything.

When first announced, it was believed the two conferences would create their own new game and bid it out to a different city each year like a Super Bowl or a Final Four.  Soon after, however, the new playoff was created and the idea of rotating the game became a bit more complicated — due to semifinal tie-ins, television contracts, etc.  Not to mention the fact that existing bowls already have the infrastructure in place to pull off a big game.

Now, as messed up and complicated as the new playoff and big bowl system will be — and if you thought the BCS was confusing, you ain’t seen nothing yet — it’s still theoretically possible for the SEC and Big XII to rotate their game between two, three or even more sites.  We just wouldn’t bet on it.  Like most others, we believe Arlington, Texas and Jerry Jones have the deepest pockets and that will result in the “Champions” Bowl becoming the Cotton Bowl.

At MrSEC.com, we would still prefer the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans get the nod because it’s more centrally-located between the two conferences and its a more tourist-friendly destination… but cash will likely rule the day.

 


5 comments
elgoob
elgoob

Being in Texas, It would certainly be convenient for me if in Texas (and especially if in Houston) but New Orleans seems like great compromise for the reasons you stated.  It will be sad if it ends up in Arlington.  That is a terrible place for a college game... boring, sterile atmosphere both in and out of the stadium.  I don't think I'll ever spend money for another game there, bowl or otherwise.  (I so hope A&M can permanently get out of that A&M-Arkansas game there).  Reliant is an awesome stadium but other than New Orleans, you can't beat spending the day on the San Antonio Riverwalk before and after the game with just a short walk to the stadium.  Alamo Bowl is by far my favorite bowl game.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

Except for whatever recruiting value the Conference thinks it will get out of another bowl game in Texas, not much reason to go there. 

Crayton
Crayton

 @BonzaiB "Another" bowl game? The Cotton is the only bowl game the SEC plays in Texas; 3 are in Florida, 2 in Tennessee. If the Champions Bowl goes to New Orleans and the Cotton becomes an "Access Bowl," then the SEC may send zero teams to the state for a bowl game.

DanHogan
DanHogan

 @Crayton Plan on seeing a significant reshuffling of other bowl games once this all shakes out.  In the Big Ten, we're sick of our other top teams going to Florida to play on New Years Day.  It just isn't special any more.  I bet other conferences have other things they want to change with their bowl schedules too.  

 

Choose the top bowl first based on main conference needs first then let the other lesser bowls fall in line from there.  So, if the SEC wants a presence in Texas during bowl season, you can always play a lesser bowl there if the #1 bowl doesn't happen to be there.

Crayton
Crayton

Think of the craziness if Houston were to get the game. Then you'd have the Fiesta, Cotton, Sugar, and Peach all competing to be one of the three "access" bowls. I still think there is room for a 7th game featuring the 13th and 14th most popular teams from across the country, even outside the semifinal rotation, for whichever of those 4 don't get in (or for the Capital One bowl, because Houston likely won't get the Champions Bowl).



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