JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – September 29, 2014 – The Jacksonville Sports Council today announced that Bill Hancock, executive director for the College Football Playoff, will be the featured speaker at the group’s upcoming Speaker Series luncheon.
The luncheon, presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will be at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the East Club at EverBank Field.
This is the second luncheon in the Speaker Series. JAXSPORTS held its inaugural luncheon in August, where a sold-out crowd of more than 800 joined to hear ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit speak.
“This is a new and exciting era for college football, and the new playoff structure is one of the most debated and discussed topics this season,” said Carl Cannon, chair, Jacksonville Sports Council. “As we head into the playoffs, we are pleased to have Bill in Jacksonville to share insights and details on the new structure.”
Hancock, ranked fifth on Forbes’ World’s 7 Most Powerful People in Sports list, currently serves as the first executive director of the new College Football Playoff. He was also the first full-time director of the NCAA Final Four and the first executive director of the Bowl Championship Series.
He previously served for 13 years as director of the NCAA’s Division I Men’s basketball Championship, the three-week March Madness event that culminates in the Final Four. Hancock has been inducted into the Halls of Fame of the College Sports Information Directors and the All College Basketball Classic.
In 2012, the Kansas City Sports Commission honored him with its Outstanding People in Sports award. He was also a 2012 winner of the Regents Alumni Award from the University of Oklahoma.
At the JAXSPORTS Speaker Series luncheon, Hancock will address the specifics of the new College Football Playoff.
Tickets for the Speaker Series luncheon are $40 each or $400 for a table of ten, and are only available to members of the Jacksonville Sports Council. To become a member of the Jacksonville Sports Council, visit www.jacksonvillesportscouncil.com.