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Cue the Stampede: NCAA Announces Championship Bid Process

Apr 28, 2023 | By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Cue the stampede to the Outlook calendar, where everyone will be marking these dates. The NCAA has announced it expects to be accepting bids for championships across a range of sports for the academic years 2026-2027, 2027-2028, 2028-2029 and 2029-2030. This is for a total of 86 of the 90 NCAA championships each year.

Sports in which championships coming up for bid are as follows:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • NCAA BidsLacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field – Outdoor
  • Track & Field – Indoor
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball – Beach
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Note: The full document detailing not only each sport, but division and applicable school year, can be found here.

The timeline for events is as follows:

  • July 19, 2023: Bid specifications will be published on; Bid portal opens August 29, 2023: Host symposium hosted at NCAA national office (Information is found here; registration is required and the event is free)
  • February 7, 2024: Bid responses due
  • March-September 2024: Committee deliberations, recommendations and approvals
  • October 22, 2024: Hosts/sites announced

The NCAA has once again 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 its processes, as well as experience in a range of national sporting events. He can be reached at

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