New Orleans is one of 10 cities to receive a request for proposal for the newly established Champions Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl officials confirmed Tuesday.
The San Antonio Express-News first reported Tuesday that 10 cities have been asked to submit proposals by the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 Conference, who would send their champions to the game beginning in 2014. The other cities are Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville, Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio and Tampa.
The RFPs were issued last week. The 10 cities have until Aug. 22 to respond.
Beyond confirming receipt of the RFP, Sugar Bowl officials declined further comment.
In the new structure of the major college postseason beginning in 2014, the top four teams would go into a playoff, while conferences would send their top representatives to "contract bowls." The three "contract bowls" include the Champions Bowl; the Rose Bowl, which will continue to match teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, and the Orange Bowl, which has ties to the Atlantic Coast Conference champ.
If New Orleans wins the bid, the name would not change from the Sugar Bowl. "Champions Bowl" is merely a working title for the new SEC-Big 12 matchup until a location and tie-in can be determined.
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