Recently, a Nashville group announced they have been working to put together a high-profile SEC college football game. The plan includes making this an annual game that will happen early in the season. LP Field will host the game and it could start as soon as 2016.
The game would pair a non-conference opponent against an SEC team every single year. Of course, to make this game worth watching, the non-conference opponent will be a high-quality team. The group wants the game to be much like the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta. This game provides the local economy with millions of dollars in revenue.
Along with the group working on making this happen, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Music City Sports and Entertainment Group and the Nashville Sports Council are also working on this plan. The Titans have also stated they will provide the stadium for the game.
The one road block the group is working on is the occupational privilege tax the state charges athletes. They would like to see this tax amended to ensure the game costs can be covered. It is being considered by state legislature and may be repealed soon.
If the tax can be changed, this game could become a reality very soon. Along with the game, the tax repeal could allow the convention and visitors bureau to use the money for other events in the Music City.
Regardless, the group stated they have built their plan assuming nothing changes with the tax. They still plan to move forward and find a way to bring a power-conference game to the city. Other options are possible and the group is currently exploring all the possibilities.
Many other states have repealed their special taxes to make way for events of this type. It's a great way to boost the local economy and the group would like to see the special tax changes because it would make it much easier to move forward with the game.
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