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August 12, 2008 11:43 AM

More on new potential Seattle bowl game

Posted by Bob Condotta

I talked this morning with Ralph Morton, the executive director of the Seattle Sports Commission, who confirmed that his group is putting together a proposal for a new Seattle Bowl football game that would begin in 2010.

Morton said the process is "in the early stages'' but that the feedback so far has been good and he thinks t here is a chance it could happen.

Morton updated Pac-10 athletic directors on the proposal on Monday with the ADs in town for their annual late-summer meeting. Morton hopes to secure a commitment from the Pac-10 to send a team to the bowl, which would be played at Qwest Field.

Morton said commission is putting together a business plan, attempting to secure some sponsorships, before deciding whether to apply for certification with the NCAA, which can't happen until the spring of 2009.

"We're just taking this one step at a time,'' he said. "We still have a long ways to go.''

Morton said the bowl would be a fundraiser for Children's Hospital in Seattle with the hope that the game would also attract attention to that organization's efforts.

There was a previous Seattle Bowl played at Qwest Field in 2001 and 2002, but this group is not connected with that effort, which was run by a private promoter. Pac-10 teams played in each of those games --- Stanford losing to Georgia Tech in 2001 in what was Tyrone Willingham's final game with the Cardinal before leaving for Notre Dame; and Oregon losing to Wake Forest in 2002.

The Pac-10 currently has seven bowl contracts, but many are short-term deals and Morton said there would be an opportunity to get into the mix by 2010 if the bowl can secure the needed funding.

Morton said he thinks "there is strong interest'' from the Pac-10. "They are very interested in the proposal where it's about a cause, about a lot more than just trying to make money,'' he said.

Morton said the goal would be to create a bowl that would be among the upper tier of the games not affiliated with the BCS.

"We want to make sure that if we are going to do this that it will be a major event for Seattle,'' he said. "Otherwise, we won't pursue it. We're setting the bar high, in other words.''

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Posted by dawgfanjg

12:06 PM, Aug 12, 2008

not to be too picky, but Standford played Georgia Tech in the Seattle Bowl, not BC

Posted by Mike

12:14 PM, Aug 12, 2008

Wasn't at least one of those games played at Safeco?

Posted by K.Wheaton

12:15 PM, Aug 12, 2008

maybe greg nichols would be interested in this ONE event at The Key. As this could possibly be the worst bowl in the season why not make it a bit more interesting in an area football setting. jake would love the work there as he'll be seeing plenty of arena bowl in his future.

Posted by Husky Fan In New York

12:17 PM, Aug 12, 2008

As for why our players are so young at certain positions, the SR class was Gilby's only class (quite subpar too) and the JR class was Willingham's first and less than two month/abbreviated class. What's so hard to understand that those two classes were far from ideal so not many starters come from them?

I wish UW allowed PE credits. Would make it a lot easier for JCs to get in, which would've balanced the classes. A starting JC WR and a starting JC DT (Anthony Atkins couldn't stay in school) would make people feel a lot better.

Posted by Bkiggy944

12:18 PM, Aug 12, 2008


Ya it was GT and actually wasn't a bad game. I was listening to it on the radio driving north by Safeco and stopped and walked right into the game. It was very empty. The Seattle Bowl makes me nervous. Shouldn't they call it the Emerald bowl and get Emerald nuts to sponsor? Who do they have a contract with these days?

Posted by mutt

12:26 PM, Aug 12, 2008

A bowl in Seattle, wow I'm so excited !!! A high school stadium maybe more appropriate, the bleachers may look some what fuller, could bunch the people up for the camera....they do it for the movies. The Greed Bowl.

Posted by Caldawg

12:26 PM, Aug 12, 2008

bkigg944, the bowl down here in SF is the Emerald Bowl and it is sponsored by Emerald Nuts. At first it was kind of confusing because I thought Seattle was the emerald city. How about the Jet Bowl and get Boeing to foot the bill. Or the Windows Bowl sponsored by Bilie G.

Bob you are right on the Nevada thing. But from an inside source Ty did get after the team during half time. To my understanding that was the only time he has said much at all. So maybe it was that pass or maybe it was Ty paying attention.

Posted by Rascal

1:08 PM, Aug 12, 2008


Posted by Mikey

1:10 PM, Aug 12, 2008

The Seattle bowl is terrible. There's really nothing worse than going to support your team in a weak bowl game, in crummy Seattle weather, and then having low class Husky fans show up to root against you. Not that I expected anything different.

Posted by Swanny

2:24 PM, Aug 12, 2008

If you want it to be a good bowl play it Sefeco field, the locals might be excited to see a game there once a year as opposed to sitting in the rain at Qwest for 2 teams you don't care about where the stadium is half empty and you get soaked what a drag, locals and the teams fans that are in the game will know that if they come to Seattle they will not have to sit out in the rain, get two teams not affiliated with the Pac 10 so us locals can have a chance to see two teams we normally would not have a chance to see. Who wants to go see the 7th team from the Pac 10 or something like that how boring. Bring teams from other parts of the country.

Posted by Car RamRod

3:46 PM, Aug 12, 2008

the stanford seattle bowl was at Safeco, not Qwest. Where would the new bowl games be played.

Posted by mikey sucks

4:07 PM, Aug 12, 2008

what's up your @$$, Mikey?

Posted by lightbulb

7:36 PM, Aug 12, 2008

A bowl game is the last thing Seattle needs to pursue.

The SSC is a joke nad everyone whose familiar with ithis organization knows it. What events have they brought to Seattle? And at what cost. What kind of ROI?

THe Seattle Bowl? The Washington Games? What retread idea will they come up with next?

Posted by gildobie5803

4:57 AM, Aug 13, 2008

Any thoughts on what these guys can do to make this one more successful? I'td be a lot of fun to have a regular bowl game in seattle.

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