With ACC, Big 12 and SEC waiting until next week to make decisions about their respective season schedules, the three leading Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games remain in limbo.
If all three conferences follow the Big Ten and Pac-12 go to play conference-only because coronavirus pandemic, that The State of Florida–West Virginia, Georgia–Virginia and Blonde–North Carolina the games set for Week 1 and 2 in Atlanta will be canceled – a loss estimated by Peach Bowl CEO Gary Stokan of $ 100 million in economic impact.
“If we don’t have COVID-19, we are on our way to sell all three matches,” Stokan said in a telephone interview with ESPN. “We will have more than $ 100 million in economic impact and maybe $ 7.5 million flowing back into the tourism industry here locally in Atlanta. So it’s a huge loss for the community if we don’t have a game. If we have the capacity, we can still make a little money for the tourism industry because they have been alienated from everything. We can be a bright spot. “
This is the first time in Kickoff Game history that they manage to play three matches to open the season. Although Stokan does not have a say in the final results, he has tried to play a matchmaking scheduler for them.
If all three decide to adopt the conference-plus-one non-conference game model, the SEC / ACC game competes between Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Louisville–Kentucky and Clemson–Southern carolina will definitely be saved.
The model will impact two teams in the three scheduled Kickoff Games. Stokan has installed a West Virginia-Virginia pair to fill the gap and at least save two of three matches.
In addition, he also throws Our woman–Alabama and Notre Dame-Miami for the three athletic directors of the schools, because they all have holes in their schedule of games canceled by the Big Ten and Pac-12.
Stokan didn’t know if any of his ideas had an appeal, but he felt he had to do something to at least try.
“I have to get rid of Hail Mary, because if I don’t and they just go to the conference, we lose three Kickoff Games,” Stokan said.
Stokan said if the conference decided to keep the match but pressed early in the season, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium would still be able to host the match. In fact, he said the stadium was ready to host the third Kickoff Games, SEC championship matches and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl anytime according to schedule – including in the spring.
“We have to be as flexible as possible, and we will respect our partners at the College Football Playoff, at the bowl match and the conference commissioner for the Kickoff Games,” Stokan said. “If they want to put us in September, if they want to put him in October, if they want to start the season with a conference match and play plus-one in the end, we can do that. We can move our bowl games back. We can play in March or May if they play in the spring.
“Every time they need us to play the game, all Football Bowl bowls directors feel the same way: We will be as flexible as they want.”
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