SBJ/July 30 - August 5, 2001/This Weeks Issue

Sunshine Classic beaming over Orlando

The Sunshine Football Classic, the bowl game formerly known as the Bowl, likely will move from Miami to Orlando this season.

"We're definitely trading information with [Florida Citrus Bowl officials] in Orlando," said Sunshine Football Classic executive director Mitch Morrall. "And we're trying to figure out our next course of action. ... It seems like everything will come together."

If the Orlando arrangement works out, Florida Citrus Sports — the group that runs the Citrus Bowl — would become the new rights holder of the game, Morrall said.

NCAA certification of a bowl game hinges on organizers' ability to meet a minimum payout of $750,000 per bowl participant. With Micron Electronics and television partner TNT opting not to renew their contracts for the scheduled Miami game this year, the Sunshine Football Classic has been in limbo for the last few months.

Bowl organizers tried to sign a new television partner and new sponsors, and even kicked around the idea of relocating the game to Charlotte, but those efforts were unsuccessful.

Florida Citrus Sports officials confirmed that discussions regarding the Sunshine Football Classic have been taking place over the last month but deferred on specifics to executive director Chuck Rohe, who was unavailable for comment.

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