New deals keep BCS bowl lineup intact
NEW YORK -- The Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar bowls extended their agreements with the Bowl Championship Series, deals that will keep the national championship game at the sites of those games through the 2013 college football season.
The BCS was not expected to change its bowl partners, so the new four-year deals come as no surprise.
The current contracts with those four games run out after the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., hosts the BCS national championship game in 2010.
The new deal starts with the January 2011 bowl games, and the championship game rotation will start in Glendale, Ariz., with the Fiesta Bowl hosting two games about a week apart.
New Orleans will host the Sugar Bowl and BCS national championship game in 2012. Miami will be the site of the 2013 title game, a week after the Orange Bowl. The championship game returns to the Rose Bowl in 2014.
The deals between the BCS and its bowl partners run concurrent to its TV deal.
The BCS is in its final season of a four-year deal with Fox. Its new four-year deal with ESPN, worth $125 million per year, begins with the 2011 bowl games.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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