Neutral site talked for Pac-12 title

Updated: May 6, 2014, 9:45 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN.com

The Pac-12 Conference is in discussions to move its championship game from campus sites to neutral ones as early as this season, according to a source.

The Pac-12 "continues to have discussions with venues who propose a neutral site for [the Pac-12] championship game," the source said.

Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers, is the favorite for the 2014 title game, SI.com reported.

Since the conference added Utah and Colorado in 2011, the title game has been held at the stadium of the division champion with the better record. The Pac-12 is the only one of the power conferences not to use a neutral site. The SEC is in Atlanta, the ACC in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Big Ten in Indianapolis. The Big 12 no longer has a championship game.

The Pac-12's presidents could vote on moving the game during their annual meetings in June.

Levi's Stadium, set to open in August, will host two college games this season: Oregon against Cal on Oct. 24, and the Fight Hunger Bowl in December.

While Levi's Stadium appears to be the favorite, other cities are intrigued by the possibility of holding the game.

"Phoenix would be very interested in hosting the Pac-12 football championship game if the conference decides to go to a neutral site," said Tom Sadler, President and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority. "The conference would have many worthy sites to consider, but University of Phoenix Stadium has the most distinguished record of hosting elite events in the Pac-12 footprint."

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