New Orleans will be one of six cities considered to host the championship game capping college football's first-ever playoff, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reported Monday.
BCS executive director Bill Hancock confirmed to USA TODAY Monday afternoon the six cities in the mix.
Because the first playoff title game is only a little over two years away, only the current four BCS bowl sites - New Orleans, Miami, Pasadena, Calif., and Glendale, Ariz. - along with Arlington, Texas, and Atlanta, will be allowed to bid on the Jan. 12, 2015 game.
After that, the bidding is expected to be an open process, similar to the process the NFL uses for selecting Super Bowl sites.
The site of the first playoff title game is expected to be named in early 2013, McMurphy's report said.
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