ESPN Agree New Champions Bowl Deal

By Community | July 31, 2012

ESPN has agreed a deal with the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference to telecast the new Champions Bowl beginning in 2015, shop according to Sports Business Daily.

Industry sources told the Daily that the two conferences will receive about $80 million per year. That total will play it with roughly the same rights that ESPN currently pays to the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences for the Rose Bowl.

The report clearly shows that ESPN is determined to get a stranglehold on properties that could make up the major post season games in the new era where a four-team playoff will conclude the FBS season.

And it also shows some respect for the Big 12, less than a year after the conference was thought to be on its last legs as other conferences appeared ready to pick apart its membership for new members.

The leading candidate for the Champions Bowl appears to be the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, where a bid would be backed by the Dallas Cowboys and the Cotton Bowl.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said last week at the Big 12?s Media Days that he expects details of the Champions Bowl to be ironed out over the next few weeks.