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ACC officials approve championship game to stay in Charlotte

ACC officials last week gave commissioner John Swofford full support to negotiate an extension with Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game in Bank of America Stadium, Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski told

The ACC's contract with the city expires after this season's game on Dec. 7. The league recently held a quarterly meeting with athletic directors and faculty reps among those in attendance.

Other cities were not discussed "in any seriousness," Bobinski said. After playing in Jacksonville, Tampa and Charlotte since 2005, the ACC seems open to a permanent home.

"That wasn't a spoken item (at the meeting) but probably understood that one location does give it a chance to establish roots," Bobinski said. "The city does a great job hosting and it's a great setup."

Charlotte has been an ACC favorite for a while. Swofford said at ACC Media Days in July that extending the contract with Charlotte made the most sense.

Charlotte also makes sense because of the ACC's contract with ESPN, which has an office in Charlotte as part of ESPNU and the SEC Network. The ACC has discussed launching its own network and would likely make Charlotte its network home if that's the case.

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
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