“The process is going to require a significant time commitment on the part of the committee members. We just didn't want to put them in the position of rehearsing to put on ‘The Sound of Music' and then not getting to put on ‘The Sound of Music.'”
The site for the 2016 and 2017 national championship games have not been announced. Are you still planning on an announcement later this year, and have the parameters for the selection of those sites remained the same?
“We sent the (request for proposal) to 15 or 16 cities, and the deadline for responding is Sept. 27. Judging by the questions we received from folks in different cities, there is significant interest in this.
“Let's talk about the criteria for a second. In addition to the 65,000 seats ... a city cannot host the championship game in a year it hosts the semifinals. We look at broad categories, things like lodging. The overall stadium itself, not just the seating capacity but the user-friendliness of the stadium. Airline arrivals and departures in the city every day. And then the ability of the city to put on an event of this nature. I do think the cities that are in the mix for this have demonstrated either through the Final Four or Super Bowl or other significant events that they do have that infrastructure, that human infrastructure within the city to put on the event. But that is a significant factor that we'll be looking at.”