CFP: Bowl officials want expanded playoff to move from on-campus venues

CFP: Bowl officials want expanded playoff to move from on-campus venues

Bowl Season officials are still hoping that an expanded College Football Playoff incorporates more of its games.

In a letter sent to conference commissioners, Bowl Season executive director Nick Carparelli encouraged conference leaders to play first-round games at bowl sites instead of on-campus venues, providing a list of reasons for such a move.

In an interview Friday, Carparelli confirmed that the organization sent the letter and remains in “ongoing communication” with the commissioners on this topic.

“The bowl system embraces the fact that the CFP is evolving into a 12-team playoff,” Carparelli tells Sports Illustrated. “This is in the best interest of college football. We understand the commissioners are tasked with finalizing the logistics. We are hopeful they will consider all playoff games being integrated into the bowl structure. I don’t think it’s too late to make changes.”

In a letter similar to the one he sent CFP executives last October, Carparelli argues that bowl sites are better suited to host the four first-round games of the new 12-team expanded playoff. Among the reasons, he says bowls (1) provide a more fair and neutral environment; (2) are uniquely positioned to offer hospitality components such as hotels, practice sites, etc.; (3) are adept at the quick turnaround necessary to host the games and (4) are situated in warm-weather climates that would avoid winter-related game impacts.

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