The Rose and Sugar Bowls are “likely to host the first major-college football national semifinals in back-to-back games on Jan. 1, 2015,” according to Dennis Dodd of CBSSPORTS.com. In addition, the two bowls will be “paired together four times as national semifinals on the same Jan. 1 date for the length of the 12-year playoff deal.” Sugar Bowl officials are “set to sign a contract to anchor their bowl on New Year's Day in the playoff era.” A source said, "It's done." Dodd noted the six playoff games are “expected to be played on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 each season.” In years in which Jan. 1 falls on Sunday, those games “will be played on Jan. 2.” The Rose Bowl is “expected to keep its traditional 5 p.m. ET starting time slot throughout the 12-year length of the playoff deal.” The Sugar would “then follow at approximately 8 p.m. ET.” The championship game would “follow on the first Monday a week following the semifinals.” BCS Exec Dir Bill Hancock said that the commissioners “would like to keep some sort of East-West balance for the semifinals” (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/6). Hancock said that a decision on what city will host the first national championship game “won’t be made until later this winter or early in the spring.” In New Orleans, Trey Iles noted Dallas “is reportedly the heavy favorite” (NOLA.com, 1/6).
StubHub PR Coordinator Shannon Barbara on Friday said that tonight's Alabama-Notre Dame BCS Championship has "established historic sales" for the online ticket marketplace, according to Miriam Valverde of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. Barbara said that as of Friday, the game had "beaten the 2011 Super Bowl sales by 20 percent." She said, "It is the biggest selling event in StubHub history." Barbara said that the "highest priced ticket sold so far was a $28,000 executive suite and the cheapest one was a $130 general admission ticket." Ticket prices "averaged $1,800" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/7). In Ft. Lauderdale, Davis & Romero report bowl organizers have "sold out of tickets" for tonight's game. Prices are "falling on secondary websites," with some dropping "nearly $900" by yesterday afternoon. The least expensive ticket on StubHub "was available for $1,016," and ticket prices are "expected to continue to dip near kickoff" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/7). Miami-based Tickets of America CEO Michael Lipman said, "The least expensive seats are being bought up by Alabama. The lower bowl is going to have more Notre Dame fans, and the upper bowl is going to have more Alabama fans.” In Miami, Douglas Hanks cited a report by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau which "estimates about 95 percent of the county’s hotel rooms are full this weekend" (MIAMI HERALD, 1/5).