From the front page photo: Mark Holtzman, New York Yankees Director of Program Development; Lonn Trost, New York Yankees Chief Operating Officer; Randy Levine, New York Yankees Team President; Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President; Michael Bloomberg, New York City Mayor; Dan Beebe, Big 12 Conference Commissioner; John Marinatto, BIG EAST Conference Commissioner; Hal Steinbrenner, New York Yankees Managing General Partner.
Sept. 30, 2009
NEW YORK -
The BIG EAST Conference has reached an agreement with the New York Yankees to participate in a new college football bowl game to be played at Yankee Stadium. The game, which is pending the approval of the NCAA Bowl Licensing Committee, would begin at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
A team from the Big 12 Conference will be the BIG EAST's opponent in the game. The BIG EAST will provide its third or fourth selection to the game. The Big 12 will provide its seventh pick. The agreement will run for four years, 2010 through 2013.
The name, date and television plans of the inaugural game are to be announced.
"Partnering with the New York Yankees to create a premier postseason bowl game is a natural way for the BIG EAST to further capitalize on its presence in New York City," said Commissioner John Marinatto. "The BIG EAST and its men's basketball championship have become as much a part of New York City as Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden. The Yankees represent the very best in sports in the greatest city in the world. We believe this bowl game will become a staple for the BIG EAST Conference for many years to come."
Yankee Stadium opened for the 2009 baseball season. The original Yankee Stadium hosted college football games beginning the year it opened, including Fordham University and New York University home games from 1923-46. Army played Notre Dame there from 1925-46. From 1968-73 and 1978-87 Grambling played in a series of games there which was known as the Whitney Young Urban Classic. In 1962, Yankee Stadium hosted the Gotham Bowl. Nebraska defeated Miami (Fla.) 36-34.
The new Stadium already has scheduled regular-season football games in future years, including a game between Rutgers and Army in 2011.
The bowl at Yankee Stadium is the second new postseason game announced by the BIG EAST for 2010. The conference previously announced an agreement with the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
The BIG EAST has enjoyed significant bowl success over the past three seasons, compiling a 12-4 record. The BIG EAST is a charter member of the Bowl Championship Series.