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City of Little Rock withdraws application to host NCAA bowl game

Little Rock, Arkansas, has withdrawn its application with the NCAA to host a bowl game this fall.

The bowl would have been played at War Memorial Stadium and featured teams from the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences. The bowl was unable to secure a television contract and local leaders decided to wait until 2016 to pursue a new bowl game.

Three other cities -- Orlando, Florida; Tucson, Arizona and Austin, Texas -- also applied with the NCAA to start new bowls this fall.

Orlando's Cure Bowl already announced a TV deal with CBS Sports Network (Dec. 19 at the Citrus Bowl). It will feature teams from the American and Sun Belt.

The bowl in Tucson, tentatively named the Arizona Bowl, will be held at the University of Arizona's stadium, featuring teams from the Mountain West and Conference USA.

The bowl in Austin will feature teams from the American and Sun Belt. The game is tentatively scheduled to be played at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at the University of Texas, a source said.

If those three are approved, there would be a record 42 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff title game, requiring 82 teams to fill each bowl this season.

The NCAA is expected to make a decision next month whether to approve the new bowls.