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SBD/June 12, 2013/Colleges
Mike Bobinski Advises Small Selection Committee For College Football Playoff
Published June 12, 2013
WHAT ABOUT THE LITTLE GUY? ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy cited sources as saying that some of the smaller college athletic conferences are "exploring opportunities to create additional bowl games next season." Sources said that "as many as nine locations are under consideration to begin bowl games" in '14. Sources said that those sites include Dubai, Ireland, and "either Toronto or Nassau, Bahamas." Any new bowls created in '14 "would be for the smaller conferences," including the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and Sun Belt. An NCAA "moratorium to add new bowls expires after the 2013 season." Although the '14 bowl lineup "has not been officially announced, there will be more games between the Power Five leagues after this season." Sources said that there will be "a minimum of 19 bowls matching Power Five conferences and that number could go even higher" (ESPN.com, 6/11). ESPN’s Matt Millen said that college football “does not need more bowl games” and for the smaller conferences it ultimately “comes down to dollars and cents, so they want to try to get their fair share.” ESPN’s Mark May noted, “What’s next, Moscow, Cape Town? It’s ridiculous with this situation. We have too many bowls. ... Why don’t they put a bowl in Rio or Nice?” ESPN’s Joe Tessitore added, “I’m sure those MAC and Sun Belt team fans will travel well to the Middle East” (“College Football Live,” ESPN, 6/11).