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  • SIX CITIES SUBMIT BIDS TO HOST BIG 12 TITLE GAME

         Big 12 Commissioner Steve Hatchell announced that six cities
    have submitted bids to host the Big 12 Conference's inaugural
    football championship game.  Bids came from Irving, Dallas, San
    Antonio, Houston, Kansas City, and St. Louis.  Holding the game
    "is contingent on it generating at least $500,000 in revenue for
    each school," and based on bids from each city, it is likely to
    make at least that much.  Hatchell would like to have a decision
    by September 1 (FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 7/15).
         FREEDOM BOWL FACES DEADLINE FOR SPONSOR:  Jerry McGee, Exec
    Dir of the Orange County Sports Association, said that August 1
    is the final deadline to find a sponsor for the Freedom Bowl.
    McGee said there is a strong possibility the game won't be played
    until '96.  The Bowl must "guarantee a $750,000 payout to each
    competing team before the NCAA will grant certification."  To
    entice sponsors, McGee said the game's name will be changed to
    the "Big Orange Classic" (Monty Phan, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER,
    7/14).
    

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