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A vote that will determine the fate of the FedEx Orange Bowl has been delayed two weeks and possibly as long as three months if the city of Miami gets its way. At a special Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) meeting to discuss a pending contract that would "force a change" from the Orange Bowl to Joe Robbie Stadium, OBC President Ed Williamson told members "the new college football bowl alliance will need at least two more weeks to draw up a contract for the OBC to review." The review period will be at least another two weeks making the earliest date to vote on moving the game October 24 instead of October 11. A Save the Orange Bowl Committee has requested that the OBC delay its vote at least 90 days to review the situation and further examine what the city of Miami could do in conjunction with the Univ. of Miami to improve the facility -- including adding skyboxes, restaurants, media accommodations, restrooms and parking improvements (Susan Miller Degnan, MIAMI HERALD, 9/27).
In response to last year's Rose Bowl ticket controversy, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation plans to regulate certain special- event tours in connection to bowl games this season. Last January, almost 800 University of Wisconsin fans were left without tickets after paying tour agents for a Rose Bowl package. The expanded protection of Super Bowl tour rules would now include bowl games and the NCAA Final Four, and are "expected to be codified after public hearings are concluded this fall." It would require air tour agents to have tickets in hand or a written contract for seats before they can advertise a package as including tickets (Elliott Almond, L.A. TIMES, 9/21).