Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore and Florida State Athletics Director Dave Hart (a former Bama basketball player) agreed to the game months ago. However, television networks went to war over rights to what would be a nationally-significant game.
Negotiations with the networks have been handled by the commissioners of the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference. CBS is the television partner of the SEC, while ABC is the partner of the ACC. Published reports indicate the compromise will give the telecast to ESPN, which has agreements with both conferences.
Projections are that Alabama and FSU will both reap about $2 million from the one-game event. The game would be hosted by the Gator Bowl
Alabama and FSU have met only three times previously with the Crimson Tide holding a 2-0-1 advantage in the series.
FSU is coached by Bobby Bowden, who attended Alabama briefly before completing his playing career at Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham. Bowden also was a candidate for head coach at Alabama in the 1980s.