Thursday, October 1, 2009

Yankee Stadium bowl game to officially kick off in 2010



Stephen Chernin/AP Photo

New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner, right, receives a football and helmet from Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe, left, as Big East Commissioner John Marinatto looks on at a news conference on Wednesday in New York. It was announced that in 2010 a college bowl football game between the Big East and Big 12 will be played at Yankee Stadium.

— The teams are set, one from the Big East, one from the Big 12. The site: The new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium.

Now all the new bowl game in the Bronx needs is a name before its debut in December 2010.

“If you’re looking for suggestions, maybe we should call it the Jeter Bowl,” Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. said Wednesday at a news conference to announce the bowl.

The leagues and the New York Yankees have a four-year agreement in place, running through the 2013 season. The payout to each team will be about $2 million. For the Yankees, they get another event they hope will fill their 57,545-seat stadium.

“The game underscores our promise to use Yankees Stadium year-round,” said Yankees president Randy Levine, who presided over a gathering at the stadium that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and the commissioners from each conference.

The Yankees had already struck a deal with Army for the Black Knights to play four regular-season games at the stadium in the next five years. That starts next season with a game against Notre Dame.

The Big East will send either its third or fourth selection to the Yankee Stadium bowl game. The Big 12 will send its seventh selection. If the Big 12 does not have enough bowl eligible teams, Notre Dame has agreed to take its place, providing it is available.

The game will be played between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Big East was a logical fit for the game. While the league has become more far-flung in recent years with the additions of South Florida, Cincinnati and Louisville, it’s roots run through the Big Apple.

“The Big East has long time recognized New York city as its home,” Big East commissioner John Marinatto said.

The Big East has been playing its basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden since 1983.

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe said the Bronx bowl was a late addition to the Big 12’s schedule, but it was too good to pass up.

“This is an opportunity to put our brand, our football, in the biggest market in the world,” he said.

The Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., was bumped from the conference’s bowl lineup to make room.

The Yankee Stadium game has no title sponsor yet, though Levine said several of the companies that already have relationships with the Yankees have shown interest. Considering signs for Master Card, State Farm, Gatorade, Pepsi and Sony adorn the outfield walls at Yankee Stadium, sponsorship should not be a problem.

The game does not have a television home yet, but if nobody is interested — which is unlikely — the Yankees’ YES network could step in.

The game needs to be certified by the NCAA in April, but that’s a formality.

It will be the first bowl played in the Northeast since the 1981 Garden State Bowl at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Most bowls are played in cities with mild or warm weather or in domes. The Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, is the most obvious exception, though it can get chilly in places such as Nashville, Tenn., and Dallas around the holiday season.

Still, the teams invited to the Yankee Stadium bowl — and their fans — better bring their scarves.

“I’ve played games in snow and ice, and it’s fun,” Beebe said. “The opportunity for our youngsters to come here, whether there is snow or ice or whatever, to come to the biggest market in the world ... is too great to pass up.”

“We’ll play in whatever conditions. We’ll put ice skates on instead of cleats.”

The original Yankee Stadium was home of the NFL’s Giants from 1956-73 and the site of college football games, many involving some of the greatest Army and Notre Dame teams, from the early-to-mid 1900s.

The Gotham Bowl was played there in 1962. Nebraska, now a member of the Big 12, beat Miami 36-34.

With the return of college football, Bloomberg said he’s hoping for a couple of tickets to the game, no matter how cold it gets.

“What’s strange is football in warm weather,” he said. “This is a sport where you’ve got to go out there and bundle up. That’s part of the fun of it.”


Phoggin_Loud 10 years, 3 months ago

Sounds like a fun bowl, New York during the holidays. However, I'd rather not be the 7th team in the Big XII.

Phoggin_Loud 10 years, 3 months ago

Expectations are high!! Thanks, Coach Mangino!!

There are too many Bowls, So let's discuss a Playoff system. Here's what I'd like to see:

Identify the top 8 conferences (expand current BCS). Limit non-con games to 2 max. Play every team in the conference. (may cause adjustments among conferences, sorry Notre Dame, join one or play 1AA teams.) Winner of each conference gets seeded in 8-team Playoff. (Non-champs need not apply) Other teams in conferences participate in other Bowl games.

This gives the best of both worlds:
A Champion among Champions. Bowls for the other teams Higher t.v. ratings More $ for everyone. Every game still matters

I may not have thought of everything, so feel free to respond.

Phoggin_Loud 10 years, 3 months ago

By the way, has projected KU to finish 3rd in the Big XII and play USC in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30th.

John Boyle 10 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, jhwkfan162515 the name Sunflower Bowl was already taken by Sonner Stadium on the campus of Southwestern College in Winfield KS. It was played by top NAIA teams not playing for the national championship back in the late 70's/early 80's. Usually, Southwestern College participated in the game. That would be the same Southwestern College that narrowly escaped a winless season last year and looks like a winless season is a real possibility this year. Oh yeah this is a Jayhawk site. It sure is fun to be talking about playing someone like USC in a bowl game instead of Houston or Minnesota. Mangino is truly a Man-genius!

ku_tailg8 10 years, 3 months ago

I agree there are too many bowl games. That being said, if I was a player I would much rather go to NY then to some of these other sites. They could call it the U.S Tax Payers Bailout Bowl.

billikenhawk 10 years, 3 months ago

I'd like to see one a new bowl in the new Cowboys stadium rather than Yankees... It's only a matter of time before everyone gets a bowl... Big 12 12th place team vs SEC 10th place team will meet in the first annual Toilet Bowl

beenahawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Wonder if the Yanks will maintain the $1250 front row ticket prices they use for beisbol? I honestly don't see to many #7 team fans from the Big XII flocking to the Big Apple to see a very low tier bowl game. The expenses alone will be staggering.

shelleysue 10 years, 3 months ago

Yes NYC around the holidays would be ridiculously expensive.

Phoggin_Loud 10 years, 3 months ago

BillikinHawk, I have heard reports/discussions about moving the Cotton Bowl to the new Cowboy's Stadium and making it a BCS bowl. I don't know if this plan would eliminate one of the current BCS bowls or add a 5th. If it did become the 5th, it would allow the 4 BCS bowls plus the National Championship game to rotate throughout the 5 sites, instead of using a current sight the following week for the NC game.

Phoggin_Loud 10 years, 3 months ago

Also, if the Cotton Bowl became a BCS Bowl, it would make sense for the Big XII to tie into the game due to location. Currently, there is no regional draw for the Big XII in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl. It would be nice to have the Big XII's BCS bowl to have conference fans inthe area.

Ryan Richey 10 years, 3 months ago

I'm not a Yankee fan but this would be a fun trip.

Swamphawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Having been to New York in for the holidays I would think that the trip would be a great time. Since my fiancée has family up there and I wouldn't need to pay for lodging, I would totally make the trip even if it meant that we were a marginal team. Plus, I'll take the Big 12 #7 over the Big East #3 or 4.

Cody Stumma 10 years, 3 months ago

A bowl up in New York? Well, athletics probably won't let the Band go up that bowl... especially when it's for 7th of the Big 12. Too expensive for such little payout I'm sure...

A bowl name?

How about the "Freeze your ass off Bowl".

Brett Gaul 10 years, 3 months ago

"Gotham Bowl" is a sweet name, that gets my vote.

Billy Derringer 10 years, 3 months ago

well IMO i hope we never have to play this shtty bowl--hate n.y. and hate this bowl, not even a football stadium--i totally agree that cowboys stadium would be a much better game and a better city

MitchumMan 10 years, 3 months ago

$2 million will go to each team? Doesn't that sound like a lot for the 7th best B12 team? How much do Bowls usually pay?

mr_jhawk4477 10 years, 3 months ago

the cotton bowl already has moved to cowboys stadium, last years game was the last to be played in the cotton bowl

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