The Rose Bowl, which hosted the final BCS title game in 2014, will not be hosting the College Football Playoff championship anytime soon -- or maybe ever.
The Tournament of Roses said Thursday it would not bid on the next three CFP championship games spanning 2018 through 2020 because "our structure is incompatible with the bid requirements."
The Rose Bowl also did not bid on any of the first three title games that went to Arlington, Texas (2015), Glendale, Arizona (2016) and Tampa, Florida (2017).
"The Tournament of Roses met with multiple civic, sports, tourism groups and leaders in the Los Angeles area to explore the possibility of bidding on the College Football Playoff National Championship Game," the organization said in a statement. "After carefully reviewing the request for proposal, we have determined our structure is incompatible with the bid requirements."
The statement also indicated that the Rose Bowl would assess whether to bid on any future title games.
The Rose Bowl is part of the six-bowl rotation for the national semifinals. It hosted a semifinal last season between Oregon and Florida State and will host a semifinal after the 2017, 2020 and 2023 regular seasons.
Only seven locations (Atlanta; Charlotte; Jacksonville, Florida; South Florida; Minneapolis; San Antonio; and Santa Clara, California) have decided to bid for a title game in the span of 2018 through 2020, sources told ESPN.
Last month ESPN reported there were still several cities that received requests for proposal (RFPs) that were undecided whether to bid on the 2018, 2019 or 2020 title games. Five cities remain undecided: Arlington, Texas; Detroit; Houston; Indianapolis; and New Orleans. The deadline to turn in the CFP's request for proposal for the 2018-20 championship games is late May. The CFP will announce which cities bid to host the games by the end of May, with the three championship sites expected to be announced in October.