ESPN Regional Proposes Birmingham Bowl

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --  The onetime "Football Capital of the South" could be hosting a postseason game again.

ESPN Regional TV has submitted a proposal with the NCAA to hold a December 23rd bowl game at Birmingham's Legion Field, featuring a team from Conference USA against one from either the Big East or Mid-America Athletic Conference.

The NCAA's Post-Season Football Licensing Subcommittee is expected to make a decision on the proposed game at its meeting on April 28th in Orlando.

Birmingham hosted the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1977 to 1985, and the All-America Bowl from 1986 to 1990. The latter game was discontinued when Birmingham was awarded the first two Southeastern Conference football championship games in 1992 and 1993.

Then, the SEC game was moved to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and Birmingham has been shut out of the postseason since.

The bowl game would be owned and operated by Charlotte-based ESPN Regional. The company already owns and operates the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl and the Fort Worth Bowl. It has also proposed hosting a bowl game in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ira Williams, president of the Birmingham Park Board, said no one has approached him seeking to secure Legion Field for a bowl game in December.


Information from: The Birmingham News

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