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The sites for the host bowls are still to be determined, though the most likely landing spots are the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas, and the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.
The top team from the group of five conferences without ties to a contract bowl will be assured a spot in one of the host bowls, instead of having to hope to be picked as an at-large participant.
“One thing that was very important to the group of five, non-AQ schools, was some sort of access to one of those bowls so we could compete,” Northern Illinois University President John G. Peters said. “That was a positive feature of the last contract.”
The commissioners and presidents also announced that a higher portion of the revenue from the new format will go to the conferences of the four teams that qualify for the playoff and participate in the other games.
Also, part of the revenue sharing will be based on the NCAA’s academic progress report scores. Teams that do not reach 930 APR will lose out on a portion of revenue received by a conference.
The BCS group is currently in contract negotiations with ESPN for the TV rights to the new postseason system. Sports Business Journal reported last week the network has offered $7.2 billion for 12 years.
“We’re getting close to the end,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. “I’m not able to give you a lot of hard facts about it. But we’ve had productive negotiations so far and I think they will continue.”
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