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Cookeville To Consider Bidding For New TSSAA Football Contract

Board members of the Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau will meet in December to discuss bidding for TSSAA’s state football championship.

The bureau’s four year contract with TSSAA will expire after this football season. Executive Director Molly Brown said the city will send an intent to bid letter depending on the board’s feedback.

“It is definitely something our community enjoys, and it has kind of become a tradition,” Brown said. “This is our twelfth year in hosting. The economic impact is something that definitely affects the city of Cookeville, and of course, it is a great asset for Tennessee Tech with recruitment and exposure, as well.”

The contract up for bid is for two years. Brown said the Visitors’ Bureau has until December 14th to make a decision with final bid proposals due in February.

“The Visitors’ Bureau is the one who submits that bid,” Brown said. “(…) We will be looking at the intent to bid process for next month. We will be meeting with our board regarding that.”

The TSSAA will announce the bid winner in March. Cookeville won 2016’s contract for $253,000. The Blue Cross Bowl is set to begin next week.