For Atlanta to host one of the upcoming BCS Championship games in the new four-team playoff format, the pieces will have to fall into places just right.
That just wasn’t going to happen for the 2016 championship game, played at the end of the 2015 season.
Instead, Atlanta will place its first bid for college football’s title game for January 2018, or the end of the 2017 season. By then, the new Falcons Stadium (who are we kidding — it will be called Home Depot Field) will be open for business and ready to show off to the sports world.
But that’s not the real reason why Atlanta has decided against hosting the 2016 title game.
Here’s your real reason:
Per release, Atlanta won't bid on 2016 title game b/c International Gift, Home Furnishings and Area Rug Market convention booked up hotels.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 26, 2013
HOLY HOME FURNISHINGS.
I don’t think there’s any debate that rug enthusiasts will create less havoc for the town than crazed college football fans. They probably spend less money, though, unless T. Boone Pickens is a big fan of buying expensive home furnishings en masse at trade shows.
You beat us to the punch, couch-lovers. Well played.