Seattle Bowl may be back in '04

Updated: December 17, 2003, 3:17 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- A promoter is trying to revive the Seattle Bowl, which was discontinued this season after a financially troubled two-year run.

Pro Sports and Entertainment, Inc., of California has taken the first steps necessary to bring back a bowl game for Seattle by agreeing to terms with First & Goal Inc. for the use of Seahawks Stadium late next year, The Seattle Times reported Tuesday.

Paul Feller, who has been based in Santa Barbara, Calif., is president of Pro Sports and Entertainment, Inc.

The Seattle Bowl was born in 2001 and continued through myriad financial problems last year. The promoter, Terry Daw of Honolulu, relinquished ownership of the game after it nearly was canceled at the 11th hour last December. In the spring, the NCAA didn't recertify the game for 2003.

Jim Muldoon, assistant commissioner of the Pac-10 Conference, said the league previously has had discussions with Feller about "various bowl options that have not gone anywhere.''

Feller's contract with First & Goal, the Seahawks' parent company, calls for PSEI to have use of the stadium for a game next year between Christmas and New Year's Day.

First & Goal is hoping to have the Seattle Bowl certified again next spring.

"It's all hinging on certification,'' said Steve Eckerson, director of facilities, sales and marketing for First & Goal. ``But obviously, we're pretty confident.''

First & Goal was formed by billionaire Paul Allen in 1997 after Washington state voters approved a proposal to build Seahawks Stadium and an exhibition center. Allen is owner of the Seahawks.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press