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Champions Bowl Sends RFPs To 10 Cities; Atlanta Building "War Chest" For City's Bid
Published August 7, 2012
REMEMBER THE ALAMO: In San Antonio, Tim Griffin notes the city is among those asked by the SEC and Big 12 “to bid on their new Champions Bowl.” The Valero Alamo Bowl was asked “to be among 10 bidders for a game.” Alamo Bowl President & CEO Derrick Fox said, “We're now meeting with our partners to discuss what makes the most sense for San Antonio.” Griffin notes other cities that have been asked to bid “include Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Nashville, Tampa and Jacksonville” (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/7).
NOT SURE IN NASHVILLE: Nashville Sports Council President & CEO Scott Ramsey said that it “was flattering" the city was asked to bid on the new Champions Bowl, but he is "not sure if Nashville will.” Ramsey: “We’re very excited about being on the list because I think that underscores that Nashville is important to the Southeastern Conference. For them to send us an RFP and include us in the process means that we’re not only an important bowl destination but an important city to the Southeastern Conference.” He added, “Our evaluation is going to be very big picture. Do we think our chances are strong enough that we want to spend the resources and time necessary to put forth a bid for the Champions Bowl? … The Music City Bowl remains our priority.” Ramsey said that he will “discuss it with Music City Bowl chairman Brad Lampley and then with the executive committee on a conference call at some point over the next two weeks” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/7).