NCAA establishes Division I Bowl Task Force: NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday announced the establishment of an NCAA Division I Bowl Licensing Task Force to examine the purpose, criteria, process and oversight of the NCAA licensing procedures for football bowl games. More »
Press conference: NCAA President Mark Emmert's press conference on Bowl Licensing Task Force. Read the transcript »
By Christopher Radford
The NCAA Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee today reaffirmed bowl licenses for 32 football bowl games but delayed licensing decisions on the Tostitos Fiesta, Insight and TicketCity bowls until later this spring.
The subcommittee met with Tostitos Fiesta Bowl representatives Thursday but previously announced it was postponing the licensing decisions on the Fiesta and Insight bowls, which are run by the same organization. The delay gives the subcommittee more time to review materials and information in the wake of allegations of financial and political improprieties at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The subcommittee delayed its decision on reaffirming the TicketCity Bowl license as well pending further information and discussion of its business plan.
Last year, the subcommittee moved from a one-year to four-year licensing cycle, which aligns with the timing of bowl conference agreements, which are completed on a four-year timeframe.
The committee requires bowls to meet several licensing criteria annually in order to maintain their bowl license. Among other items, the committee reviews conference commitments, sponsorships, revenue expectations, facility condition, bowl management, and community support.
As part of its meeting, the subcommittee also discussed NCAA President Mark Emmert’s plan to establish an NCAA Division I Bowl Licensing Task Force. The new task force will examine the purpose, criteria, process and oversight of the NCAA licensing procedures for football bowl games.
Nick Carparelli, chair of the postseason bowl licensing subcommittee and senior associate commissioner at the Big East Conference, welcomed the creation of the new bowl task force.
"We are optimistic, because it gives everyone a chance to step back and examine the way we conduct our business," said Carparelli. "It will be a very healthy exercise."
The Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee is made up of one representative from each of the 11 Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences. It is part of the NCAA Football Issues Committee.
The NCAA does not operate or administer bowl games in Division I but authorizes and regulates them to ensure student-athlete safety and well-being through its postseason bowl licensing process.
The following 32 bowl games have been licensed through 2013-14: