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Thinking of Bidding on an NCAA Championship? Time to Get Off the Bench

21 Aug, 2019

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Those cities that have been considering bidding on NCAA championship events need to get off the bench. The bid specifications will go live on Monday, August 26, at the same time the bid portal opens.

The opening of the portal kicks off the 2022-26 championship site selection campaign. The NGB of college sports will look for hosts and sites for 86 of the 90 NCAA championships each year over four academic years, spanning 2022-23 through 2025-26. A list of all championships held by NCAA, listed by division, can be found here.

The NCAA has engaged the services of an agency, 129 Sports LLC, to assist in managing this effort. Its founder, Russ Yurk, has in-depth knowledge of the NCAA and our processes, as well as experience in a range of national sporting events. He can be reached at russ.yurk@att.net.

The timeline for the bid process is as follows:

August 26: Bid specifications will be published on ncaa.org/bids

Bid portal opens

September 18: Host bid cycle symposium, NCAA national office

February 3: Bid responses due

March-September: Committee deliberations, recommendations and approvals

October 23: Hosts/sites announced

The NCAA will provide updated communications throughout the process to keep the industry well informed.

For questions related to the bid process, please contact Russ Yurk at  russ.yurk@att.net.

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