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SBD/December 27, 2013/Colleges
Sugar Bowl CEO Says Louisiana, New Orleans Need To Step Up To Get CFP Championship
Published December 27, 2013
WAVE OF THE FUTURE: USA TODAY's Dan Wolken wrote college football has entered a "new bowl environment in which traditions are slowly changing and conferences are using their significant leverage to help set matchups and, in some cases, own and operate bowl games themselves." The new model is a "direct response" to a 2% decline in bowl attendance each of the past two seasons and "concerns from administrators about schools getting sent to the same bowl games over and over again or getting placed in re-matches that don’t inspire fans to buy tickets." The days of bowl operators "controlling the postseason are over." Football Bowl Association Exec Dir Wright Waters said, "I think probably in (bowl directors’) perfect world they’d like to go back where it was 30 years ago, but if this gets us better competition, better games and games that put better crowds into the building then I think they’re happy with that." The consequences of the Chick-fil-A Bowl's leap to the so-called "New Year's Six" are "a microcosm of the new bowl environment." Born in '68 as the Peach Bowl, the game was once "so low in the pecking order it couldn’t attract ranked teams" for most of the '80s, but has now "hit the big-time." Following Tuesday's Texas A&M-Duke matchup, the Chick-fil-A Bowl will "leave behind its highly successful niche as a mid-tier ACC/SEC bowl" and become part of the CFP (USA TODAY, 12/27).