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Mountain West tidying up postseason deals

The Las Vegas Bowl will get first pick of Mountain West Conference teams beginning in 2006 under a four-year contract extension announced Thursday.

A week ago, the Pac-10 extended its commitment to the Las Vegas Bowl through 2009. The Pac-10 plans to send its fourth-place finisher to Las Vegas in 2006 and 2008, and the fifth-place team in 2007 and 2009.

The bowl will increase its payout to the Mountain West representative to $1 million in 2006, while the Pac-10 team will get $950,000. The teams are required to purchase 12,000 tickets at $50 each. Last year each Las Vegas Bowl team received $575,000 and had to buy 8,000 tickets it could resell.

MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson said Las Vegas was an attractive site for fans.

``We've clearly heard from our fans that that's a place they want to go to a bowl game,'' he said.

Bowl director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said the game won't necessarily feature the Mountain West champion.

``For us, it's really important to have a little bit of flexibility,'' she said. ``We hope in years to select the champion. It's a matter of being able to match up the best team, and teams that travel well and meet attendance requirements.''

This year's game on Dec. 22 will pit the No. 5 Pac-10 finisher against a Mountain West Conference representative at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. It will be televised by ESPN.

Thompson and Kunzer-Murphy said the bowl might feature the Mountain West champion as early as this year, because the league's contract to send its champ to face the Conference USA title winner in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., has expired. Thompson said a decision could come in November.

The Las Vegas Bowl announcement comes a day after the Fort Worth Bowl announced it will feature one of the top three Mountain West teams from 2006-09. That deal could allow for new MWC member Texas Christian to play a bowl game at home.

Other Mountain West schools are Air Force, Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah and Wyoming.

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