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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Cities to bid on '16, '17 title games

By Brett McMurphy
ESPN.com

At least four cities will bid on the 2016 College Football Playoff championship, while at least six cities will pursue the 2017 title game, bowl sources told ESPN.

Sept. 27 is the deadline to submit requests for proposals to bid on the 2016 and 2017 title games. In November, the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick will vote on and announce those two title game sites.

Sources told ESPN cities that have indicated they will bid on the Jan. 11, 2016, game include Glendale, Ariz.; Jacksonville, Fla.; New Orleans; and Tampa, Fla.

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Cities that will bid on the Jan. 9, 2017, game include Jacksonville, Miami, San Antonio, San Francisco and Tampa.

Other cities considering a bid on either game include Atlanta, Minneapolis and Arlington, Texas, sources said.

Cities hosting the semifinals are not eligible to host the national title game in the same year. So Miami (Orange Bowl) and Arlington (Cotton Bowl) cannot bid for the 2016 title game, and Glendale (Fiesta Bowl) and Atlanta (Chick-fil-A Bowl) may not bid on the 2017 game.

The Rose Bowl, which will host the final BCS championship on Jan. 7, 2014, will not bid on the 2016 or 2017 games. The Rose and Sugar bowls will host the inaugural College Football Playoff semifinals on Jan. 1, 2015.

"The Tournament of Roses chose not to submit a bid for the national championship for the 2016 and 2017 games," the Rose Bowl said in a statement. "The Association continues to evaluate the prospects for the 2018 game including the financial obligations, community support and regional involvement. The Association will use the upcoming BCS National Championship in Pasadena to continue the assessment process."

The Rose is the only bowl of the current four BCS bowls (Rose, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta) that opted not to pursue a national title game.

Arlington will hold the inaugural championship game on Jan. 12, 2015. Sources said it is unlikely that Arlington will bid for the 2017 game because it would be a long shot to win before the 2015 game is even played.

Atlanta hasn't officially ruled out bidding for the 2016 game, sources said. However, it's unlikely because Atlanta is expected to make a strong run for the 2018 game -- scheduled to be the first year its new stadium will be open.

Orlando, Fla., which opted not to bid for the 2016 or 2017 championships, also is expected to pursue the next round of title games, beginning in 2018, sources said.