• Loading stock data...
Friday, March 1, 2024

Sugar Bowl Trying to Keep College Football Playoff in New Orleans

  • The Sugar Bowl Committee warned that other cities will be pursuing the CFP as it expands in the coming years.
  • “We don’t know how much we will need yet,” said Sugar Bowl Committee CEO Jeff Hundley. “But we have been told that the cost to play is going up."
A view of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Playoff Semifinal banner before the game between Clemson and Alabama in the 2018 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Amidst the rapidly changing college football landscape, one of the sport’s most traditional venues is worried it could lose out on hosting the College Football Playoff.

During a luncheon with New Orleans business leaders at the Caesars Superdome this week, Sugar Bowl Committee CEO Jeff Hundley warned that many cities — some with little historical connection to college football — will be vying to host CFP games in the future. Hundley urged these leaders to back the Sugar Bowl financially to keep the tournament there.

“Costs to participate at the highest level of postseason college football have risen dramatically over the past couple of years, and we expect them to go even higher as the College Football Playoff expands next year,” said Hundley. “We don’t know how much we will need yet. But we have been told that the cost to play is going up.”

The 90th edition of the Sugar Bowl will be played on January 1 as a CFP semifinal, and is then scheduled to host CFP quarterfinals as part of the expanded playoff format for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. After that, the future is unclear, especially with the continued tide of college football conference realignment. 

To ensure the bowl game’s future, the Sugar Bowl Committee launched a website to elicit donations and outlined four initiatives for supporters to help the cause: ticket sales, sponsorships, education support, and scholarships.

The Sugar Bowl generates an estimated $200 million in economic impact for New Orleans annually, per a release from the Sugar Bowl.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Washington State

Washington State Cuts Football Coaches’ Salaries Up to 10%

The Pac-2 football team has an athletic department deficit near $100 million.
Howard University

Howard’s Figure Skating Team Part of Olympic Sport Growth at HBCUs

Olympic sports at HBCUs are growing, with gymnastics and swimming gaining momentum.

The George Kliavkoff Era in the Pac-12 Comes to an End

Kliavkoff presided over the 108-year-old conference’s demise.
Oct 5, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, points to the lettering outside of the museum Tuesday.

How Do You Keep Negro Leagues Baseball History Alive? Put It in a Video Game

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum attracting increased donations, visits from ‘MLB The Show.’
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

MLB’s Media Mess

0:00
0:00

Featured Today

The Victor Wembanyama Rookie Card Market Hasn’t Matched His Hype

A cooling market and Fanatics autograph deal leaves big-money collectors waiting.
February 25, 2024

Sham Gods: The Rapidly Growing World of Sports Impersonators on X

Fake Schefters and Wojs, fabricated trade demands, and borrowed profile pictures.
Sep 24, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; A general view of the Oakland Athletics dugout after the game against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
February 24, 2024

Murky Future: Everything You Need to Know About the A’s Move to Las Vegas

Breaking down one of the most drawn-out, multifaceted sagas in sports.
February 18, 2024

Sabrina-Steph Wasn’t the ‘Battle of the Sexes’—But It Was Part of the Bigger War

The competition could play a factor in increasing the WNBA’s media value.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Spotify
Multiple - USA Careers
Nike
Multiple - USA Careers
EA
Multiple - USA Careers
Caitlin Clark

Iowa Star Caitlin Clark Makes It Official: She’s WNBA-Bound

Iowa star Caitlin Clark announced she is declaring for the WNBA draft.
Caitlin Clark
February 27, 2024

Iowa–Ohio State Is the Most Expensive Women’s Basketball Game Ever

The average purchased ticket is $577, while the get-in is $491.
Cornhole
February 27, 2024

From Tailgates to Scholarships: Winthrop Elevates Cornhole to Collegiate Status

The Rock Hill, S.C., school signed two high school players out of the Denver area to scholarships.
Sponsored

How LivePass is Redefining Ticketing for the Next Generation of Fans

The next wave of ticketing technology.
February 27, 2024

Dissecting the Great Court-Storming Debate. What’s Next?

Wake Forest was not fined after rushing the court against Duke.
February 26, 2024

NAIA School Raising Money to Play in Postseason

The University of Antelope Valley in California is closing, causing one coach to raise money for the national tournament.
UMass
February 26, 2024

More Conference Realignment: UMass Reportedly Heading to the MAC

The Atlantic 10 loses a founding member.
February 25, 2024

NCAA’s Pay-for-Play Era: What We Know and What’s Next

After years of court battles, the NCAA’s pay-for-play era is here.