NCAA Football

Chick-fil-A Bowl name to change for playoff

04/25 9:06 AM

The Chick-fil-A Bowl will become the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as part of the new College Football Playoff semifinal bowl rotation, bowl president Gary Stokan said.

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Chick-fil-A Bowl will become the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl as part of the new College Football Playoff semifinal bowl rotation, bowl president Gary Stokan said.

BCS commissioners discussed Wednesday whether the bowl could only go by a corporation name as part of the six semifinal bowl rotation.

"They [the commissioners] want [the bowl names] to be parallel," College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said.

ESPN first reported Wednesday the bowl may have to change names.

"What everyone is wrestling with is the fact Chick-fil-A has been associated with the game for (17 years)," a source told ESPN. "There's been a debate whether to grandfather in the name or it has to carry some other moniker."

BCS officials approached Chick-fil-A Bowl officials twice in the past year and indicated they might have to change the name, sources said.

The Chick-fil-A Peach will be one of the six semifinal sites along with the Rose, Sugar, Orange, Cotton and Fiesta Bowls.

The Chick-fil-A Peach and Fiesta Bowls will host the national semifinals on Dec. 31, 2016; Dec. 31, 2019; Dec. 31, 2022; and Dec. 31, 2025.


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