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Evans Denies Discussions Around Atlanta Hosting Florida-Georgia
Published March 24, 2009
|Evans Says No Ongoing Dialogue About Hosting
Game In Atlanta Despite ASC Interest
DEFENSIVE STAND: Jacksonville Economic Development Commission Manager of Sports & Entertainment Michael Bouda said that Atlanta's bid is "nothing new," as "every time the game's contract comes up, another city shows interest." Bouda: "Anybody that could have this game, it would be a huge coup for them. We're going to do everything in our power to be sure that doesn't happen" (FIRSTCOASTNEWS.com, 3/21). Evans said that he "continues 'to evaluate the total picture' and that Georgia would 'do at the end of the day what we think is best for us.'" Evans added that Jacksonville officials "would probably like to have a new contract completed already," and that he "would like to make a decision with one year remaining on the existing contract." Former Georgia AD Vince Dooley said that "once the current contract is up, Georgia would not need to consult with Florida to play the game elsewhere if it chose." Dooley said that the "economics would have to work for such a change to take place." But Dooley added, "As far as the logic of alternating, it makes sense" (ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE, 3/20 issue).
Writer Says Moving Game To Atlanta Once
Every Four Years Wouldn't Destroy Tradition