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SBD/January 3, 2014/Colleges
Bill Hancock Says Running College Football Playoff Will Be More Complicated Than BCS
Published January 3, 2014
APPLES & ORANGES: In Ft. Lauderdale, Dieter Kurtenbach notes Friday's Discover Orange Bowl between Clemson and Ohio State will "mark the end of an era" despite one of the "strongest expected turnouts in the past six years." But Orange Bowl organizers said that the change "is good, and if fans like this year's game, they're really going to like South Florida's bowl future." Orange Bowl VP/Communications Larry Wahl said, "We get an opportunity to host a game that contributes to determining the national champion every three years instead of every four." Between '06-13, the "price of an Orange Bowl ticket decreased annually." SeatGeek Communications Dir Will Flaherty "expects that Orange Bowl tickets will stay at or exceed 2014 prices going forward." The Orange Bowl also has "signed 12-year contracts with the three of the nation's top conferences -- the ACC, Big Ten and SEC -- along with Notre Dame." Ticket sales also will "likely be helped by the Orange Bowl's new date." As part of the "new system, the Orange Bowl will move to New Year's Eve for at least the next three years" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/3).
IN THE HEART OF TEXAS: In Las Vegas, Taylor Bern reported UNLV knew it was not "going to get close to selling" its allotment of tickets for Wednesday's Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas, so there were "already plans in place to help soften the financial hit." Some school donors "gave extra money that the university used on tickets to give to local military and Boys & Girls Clubs in Texas." UNLV AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy also made plans to ask the Mountain West Conference for "assistance since the Fort Worth Bowl requires only about $200,000 in ticket purchases versus the Heart of Dallas Bowl's $400,000." UNLV was "flipped from Fort Worth to Dallas by ESPN Regional Television, which owns both games." Kunzer-Murphy prior to the game said, "I don’t think you put a price on it. … You’re going to see the dividends over the years because of something like this tomorrow morning on national TV" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 1/1).