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City of Jacksonville hopes bid for national title game scores big

10:36 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the fight to bring more football to Jacksonville, the city's Sports and Entertainment Office tells First Coast News they are making a bid for the College Football Playoff Championships.

It's the ultimate job for the ultimate football fan.

"I've been to Lambeau [Field], Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Miami, Tampa, San Diego," said Jeff Fingland, a Jaguars fan.

For Jeff Fingland, a Jaguars junkie turned Sports Mania manager, the city's bid for the college championships is a win-win and could turn the city into a destination for sports fans.

"They're going to look at NFL schedule, bowl schedule and all these other things, get in a couple of rounds of golf, the weather's always great see this phenomenal new scoreboard and the party deck. It really puts us on the maps as some place to go," Fingland said.

When it comes to supporting your favorite team or favorite sport, football fans are dedicated down to their last dollar.

The city of Jacksonville's Sports and Entertainment Office estimates a college game could bring in $125 million to $150 million dollars, five times the amount from the Florida-Georgia game.

Plus, because the featured teams would be from outside the area, potential visitors would be spending money on food and lodging.

"I'd be all for it, love college, love the pros, I think it's one more event I would spend some money on," said David Allen, a Jaguars fan.

It would also show the Bowl Championship Series, the system that creates the college bowl match-ups, that Jacksonville is a football destination.

First Coast News

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