Champions Bowl between SEC and Big 12 to be played in New Orleans

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The first Champions Bowl between the SEC and the Big 12 will take place on January 1, 2015, and it will be played in New Orleans, according to ESPN.com

New Orleans and Arlington (JerryWorld) were the two venues and cities in the running for the new bowl.

And with New Orleans getting the host site, the SEC wins again, with the conference’s long history in the city.

Here’s a blurb from ESPN.com confirming the news about the Champions Bowl:

ESPN will pay $80 million a year for the Sugar Bowl, sources said. That’s the same amount ESPN will pay annually for the Rose Bowl. The Orange Bowl is expected to be worth $55 million, sources said.

The Sugar Bowl also will be part of the semifinal rotation during college football’s 12-year, four-team playoff deal, starting after the 2014 regular season. Other bowls announced in the semifinal rotation are the Rose (Pasadena, Calif.) and Orange (Miami).

Sources said the other three access bowls in the semifinal rotation are expected to be the Fiesta (Glendale, Ariz.), Chick-fil-A (Atlanta) and Cotton. Each of the six access bowls is expected to host four semifinals during the 12-year period.

The best overall site won. Good work, Mike Slive.

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