If money talks, then the city of Houston is going to walk right into a deal to become part of the rotation for the Champions Bowl–the bowl set up to match the champions of the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference in each year in which those champions are not part of the new 4-team football Final Four rotation set up to start after the 2014 season.
According to sources familiar with the bidding process, Houston, Dallas and New Orleans submitted the three highest bids Atlanta and San Antonio also had expressed interest in hosting the game.
Whether BCS officials, who will meet later this month to finalize the 12-year package which will also set up a rotation of cities to host the semifinal and championship games as part of the new BCS arrangement, go strictly by the highest bid remains to be seen.
Dallas remains the odds on favorite to host the first Football Final Four championship game in January 2015.
The odds of the “Champions Bowl” which could simply become the Cotton Bowl or Sugar Bowl–if it is held in Dallas or New Orleans–getting the two actual champions in any given year is extremely rare since one or both of those conference champions is more than likely to be in the semi-final, final rotation matching the No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. 3 highest ranked team. In the event that the “champion” from each league is not available, the highest ranked available conference team will fill the slots.
Houston officials, who say the game will be played in Reliant Stadium, also have expressed a desire to be part of the Final Four semifinal-final rotation.’
The “Champions” bowl is expected to be played on January 1 each year.
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