HOUSTON - The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and Lone Star Sports and Entertainment will not bid to bring the new Big 12 Championship Game in football to Houston for the time being because the dates conflict with another event at NRG Stadium.
"The Big 12 extended an invitation to Houston to bid for the Big 12 Championship Game," said Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "We have a great relationship with them, and would love to host.
"We have those dates booked already. The SWAC Championship, for the next three years, is contracted on the same dates as the Big 12 Championship Game.
"They are going to bid (beginning with) 2017 on, for the next five years. The SWAC Championship has contracted for three, and then they have the first right of refusal for the next three years."
When the Big 12 played a championship game in football in prior years, Houston hosted in 2002 and 2005 at what was then called Reliant Stadium.
"We will continue obviously to have a relationship (with the Big 12) through our bowl game (AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl)," Burke said. "The Big 12 really likes Houston, and we will definitely go out some day and bid for it. At this point in time we just can't because of other obligations."
Burke said it is not possible to host both events at NRG Stadium.
"It's difficult because we also have Texans games to work around," Burke said. "There's only so many dates in the fall at the stadium, and obviously we would like to go after a college football playoff game in the future. You can only go to the NFL and ask them to maneuver the NFL schedule so many times in a season.
"Obviously, people will be disappointed because they would love to see a Big 12 Championship (in Houston), just like we would. One of the fortunate things about our city is we host a lot of sporting events, and that happens sometimes. There are many times bids come across our desk, and we just aren't able to go after it as much as we would want to because we are a very high-demand city for sporting events."
Meanwhile, Burke said the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is bidding to host the 2019 Taekwondo World Championships, and the world championships in BMX for 2019 and 2020.
The Taekwondo World Championships would take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Burke said the BMX event would be at the "brand new North Houston BMX Bike Park that is being built as we speak."