Jacksonville is trying to land the college football championship game and according to Garry Smits of the Florida Times Union, the Jaguars will be part of the effort.
“We’re ready to do whatever we can to help the city in this effort,” said Bill Prescott, senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Jaguars. “This is a win-win for everyone involved if Jacksonville can get this game.”
Gator Bowl Association president Rick Catlett said he has always had the basics of a presentation ready to go on short notice in case the city and the GBA had a chance to bid on being part of the Bowl Championship Series. Components of the city’s Super Bowl XXXIX plan also will be incorporated.
Verlander said support from Mayor Alvin Brown, the GBA, the Jaguars and other business interests in the city will ensure what he believes will be a bid “the commissioners will have a hard time turning down.”
“We’d be doing the people of Jacksonville a disservice if we didn’t go after this game aggressively,” Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment chairman Alan Verlander said. “This game can be like a Super Bowl. It can be a rallying-point event, a transformative event that can change a city and a community.”
No specifics on the plans for the national championship site have been revealed by the conference commissioners, other than the two national semifinals games will be part of the current BCS bowl structure, and the championship game will be bid out. Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott told the Associated Press that the championship game would be rotated yearly, like the Super Bowl.
Details have been slow to come because the conference commissioners wanted time to inform their athletic directors and presidents of the plan, the four-team playoff system will be put into place for a 10-year period.
“We’re not competing against other cities for 10 years,” Verlander said. “We’re competing against other cities for the first game, and if that doesn’t happen, the next one, or the one after that. We don’t want people disappointed if we don’t get the first one, because we’ll be trying just as hard to get the second, third or fourth one.”
Also announcing their intention to bid on the game has been a consortium in Dallas among the Cowboys, the Cotton Bowl and Cowboys Stadium. Tampa, Orlando and Atlanta are other cities that might be interested.