With the Western Athletic Conference losing half its teams next year, the Las Vegas Bowl wants to cut the league out of its guaranteed spot in the football game.
The bowl has indicated to the WAC that it wants out of its three-year deal, which concludes in 1999, the Las Vegas Sun reported Friday."We've already sent a letter asking to renegotiate," Rossi Ralenkotter, marketing director for the sponsoring Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority told the newspaper. "We hope to finalize it over the next 60 days."
The convention authority's contract with the WAC permits renegotiation of the deal if there is a change in the membership of the league.
Eight of the league members, including UNLV and BYU, have announced plans to form their own conference beginning next season.
Ralenkotter said part of any negotiated settlement with the WAC could involve the WAC being given consideration for a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl, but not being guaranteed one of the teams.
The WAC also has tie-ins with the Holiday and Cotton bowls and with the new Oahu Football Classic in Hawaii.
The Las Vegas Bowl agreed last year to take the WAC's third-place team against an at-large team in a three-year deal.