|New Orleans is one of six current bowl cities reportedly in the bidding for the 2015 title game. (US Presswire)|
The 2014 season will finish with the first crowning of a national champion by way of a playoff. The general format agreed upon by the FBS commissioners this summer called for semifinal games at existing bowl sites, with the national championship game location up for bidding.
According to ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy, the bidding will be between six cities - all of them existing bowl sites. Citing sources close to the situation, McMurphy reports that the four current BCS bowl sites - Glendale Ariz., Miami, New Orleans, Pasadena, Calif. - along with Arlington, Texas (home of the Cotton Bowl and Cowboys Classic) and Atlanta, Ga. (site of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic) will be the only cities with the opportunity to host the 2015 title game.
The plan moving forward will reportedly include other cities beyond the existing bowl structure for the title game bidding, but due to the extensive planning required to host the event the BCS commissioners are hoping to "move quickly on naming the site."
That announcement will reportedly come early next year.
The Super Bowl-style bidding process for the BCS title game was supposedly one of the ways to draw new interest in the college football playoff. According to the report, other cities expected to join in the bidding process for future title games include Indianapolis, Detroit, St. Louis, Orlando, Houston, San Diego, Jacksonville, and Tampa, Fla..
Many praised the new four-team playoff as a "forward-thinking" move by the occasionally archaic BCS commissioners. However, this - along with the slow alignment of power conferences - continues to feed the perception that the decision-makers in college football are quite comfortable with their current routines. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues as more of the highly-contested details of the playoff structure are set in stone in the coming months.
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