Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Tampa bids for college football championship game

TAMPA — Local organizers hand-delivered a bid Friday for Tampa to host college football's national championship game in either 2016 or 2017.

The bid is built around the same kind of partnerships that have brought four Super Bowls to Tampa. Participants include the city of Tampa, Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Sports Authority and Raymond James Stadium, Visit Tampa Bay, Tampa International Airport, the Florida Sports Foundation and the region's hospitality industry.

College football bowl officials are expected to say in November which cities get the games.

"Our understanding is they'll award two different cities," said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. ESPN.com has reported that in addition to Tampa, Jacksonville, New Orleans and Glendale, Ariz. are expected to bid for the 2016 championship. Jacksonville, Miami, San Antonio, San Francisco and Minneapolis are believed to be going for the 2017 title game.

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