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contracted to play in the game for any expenses incurred in preparation for the game.

  • 7.

    Each postseason bowl game shall pay annually, upon notice of licensing, a $12,000 fee payable to the Association by November 1 of each year, which is deductible from gross receipts.

  • 8.

    The management of each licensed postseason bowl game annually shall make available loss-of-income insurance for a participating institution to purchase at its option and expense, which may be deducted from the respective institution’s share of gross receipts.

  • 9.

    The site, date, time and name of a licensed game, as represented by the sponsoring agency, may not be changed after the football issues committee’s initial approval of the application without the approval of the football issues committee.

  • 10.

    A licensed game shall be held in the academic year for which it is licensed; otherwise, the license lapses.

  • 11.

    Bowl management shall acknowledge that the football issues committee has the authority to review any document related to the bowl game, which would include title and other corporate contracts, and any television contract(s).

Initial Bowl-License Application Form

A sponsoring agency requesting an initial license also must meet these additional requirements that are included on the application form. It shall complete the following:

  • 1.

    List all personnel who will serve on the game’s governing board or management committee;

  • 2.

    Provide evidence of the experience or association that the management personnel has had with collegiate football;

  • 3.

    Demonstrate the financial ability of management or the sponsoring agency to guarantee the success of the game. It shall include a letter of credit ($2 million domestic, $3.75 million international) issued by a United States financial institution and payable to the NCAA, which shall be in effect from the spring meeting at which the initial application for license is submitted to the subcommittee, until it is replaced after licensing by a letter of credit, guaranteeing the minimum revenues that will be distributed to the participating teams and an additional 25 percent for game-management, operational and administrative expenses;

  • 4.

    Reimburse the conference or institution contracted to play in the game for any expenses incurred in preparation for the contest, if the game is licensed (with or without conditions) but is not played for reasons the football issues committee believes are within the control of the sponsoring agency;

  • 5.

    Identify the amount of money on hand or to which there is access to guarantee game and team expenses;

  • 6.

    Estimate the total gross receipts to be realized from the game;

  • 7.

    Detail proposals for promoting the game;

  • 8.

    Provide plans for selling tickets, identify the number of tickets, if applicable, and demonstrate its understanding that the bowl will be ineligible for relicensing should it fail to average, over a rolling three-year period, sales of 25,000 tickets, or 70 percent of those available for sale in the stadium, or sales of a number of tickets equal in value to the combined contractual obligation of the two participating institutions.

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These requirements apply unless the football issues committee authorizes a waiver to maintain the license or the bowl has met the ticket demands of the participating institutions;

  • 9.

    Indicate whether the bowl has a contractual arrangement with a member conference(s) and provide letters recommending licensing of the bowl game from the participating conference(s);

  • 10.

    Provide evidence of the experience of the sponsoring group in conducting such games or similar affairs;

  • 11.

    Indicate the plans for television and radio coverage;

  • 12.

    Submit the organizational operating structure, including a chart or diagram, with an indication of the extent of active community involvement in game promotion and management;

  • 13.

    Certify that the stadium has a minimum seating capacity of 30,000, and any other pertinent information or comments; and

  • 14.

    Acknowledge that the football issues committee has the authority to review any document related to the bowl game, which would include title and other corporate contracts, and any other television contract(s).

Relicensing of Established Postseason Games

Any sponsoring agency seeking the relicensing of a postseason football game shall adhere to the following NCAA bylaws and executive regulations:

  • 1.

    Applications for relicensing shall be received by the NCAA not later than April 1.

  • 2.

    The bowl game must serve the purpose of providing a national contest between deserving winning teams.

  • 3.

    The competing institutions shall be active members of the Association, and a member institution shall not participate in more than one such game during any academic year.

  • 4.

    The football issues committee shall prepare licensing documents that require the management of each postseason bowl game to enter into a contractual agreement through the NCAA licensing program. This agreement stipulates that the bowl management agrees to comply with the NCAA’s principles for the conduct of intercollegiate athletics, as set forth in Constitution 2 and relevant bylaws and interpretations, and with other policies adopted by the subcommittee.

  • 5.

    A licensed game shall be held in the academic year for which it is licensed; otherwise, the license lapses.

  • 6.

    The site, date, time and name of a licensed game, as represented by the sponsoring agency in its application for relicensing, may not be changed without the approval of the subcommittee.

  • 7.

    The sponsor of a game shall average selling 25,000 tickets, or 70 percent of those available for sale in the stadium, or a number of tickets equal in value to the combined contractual obligation of the two participating institutions, over a rolling three-year period unless the football issues committee grants the bowl a waiver to be licensed.

  • 8.

    An audited financial report of the immediate past game, including the schedule of gross receipts, the schedule of sponsoring agency expenses, the affidavit of attendance and ticket sales and the changes in Net Assets form, shall be received at the national office

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