Senior Bowl will stay in Mobile

3/17/2009 - College Football

MOBILE, Ala. -- Senior Bowl president Steve Hale says the game has no plans to leave its longtime home in Mobile.

He says speculation about a move is apparently based on the Senior Bowl's expired contract with Ladd-Peebles Stadium, where the game showcases college seniors who might enter the NFL draft.

The Tampa Tribune reported Tuesday that the Senior Bowl has offered Tampa exclusive negotiating rights for its game and an expected long-term arrangement before moving to contact other potential suitors.

Hale says there's been no contact between the Senior Bowl and Tampa sports officials.

The first Senior Bowl game was played in 1950 in Jacksonville, Fla., and moved to Mobile in 1951.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league furnishes only coaches and staff.

"It's not our game to move," he said.