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Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:45 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Don't look now, but this so-called "New York City" place might be on its way to mattering a bit in the world of college football.

That's the way New York Yankees president Randy Levine sees it, anyway. With Big East commissioner John Marinatto telling reporters that he would like his league to expand to 12 teams, schedule a championship game, and play it in the Big Apple, Levine was asked about his team's interest in hosting that title game.

He response? That he was "very" interested. With Marinatto already openly declaring "how great it would be" to have New York City be the site of the game, it seems the only thing holding the two parties back would be logistical details--and the game itself existing, of course, pending the conference's pursuit of what seems like half the FBS.

Even if still in the highly-speculative phase and years away from actually being held, a Big East championship game --even if just advanced to the concrete planning stage -- would further enhance Yankee Stadiums rapidly growing college football profile. Already home to the annual Pinstripe Bowl, the stadium played host to Army vs. Notre Dame in 2010 and will see the Black Knights take on Rutgers on Nov. 12 this season.

The city's never going to be Atlanta or South Bend or even, say, Miami. But making New York City the destination of choice for a revitalized 12-team Big East would make it something more than a little important for college football fans all the same.
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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

Yankee Stadium would be a good location for a Big East Championship because New York City is the media center of the country. The publicity would be enormous.  However, it is not a great location for the fans as the Bronx in December is cold and damp, at best. The Stadium is a beautiful facility but the site lines for football range from good to terrible, and the fans are a long, long way from the field.

But the game would be for the media. Lots of publicity, lots of hype. The media would love it and the media that covers the game would be in a nice warm (but endzone) press box while the fans freeze.

Since the media would hype the devil out of a Yankee Stadium championship game, this may actually be the location for the game. No Tampa (a Big East city), no Orlando (soon to be a Big East city), no Dallas (soon to be a Big East City) and no Houston (soon to be a Big East City). While these cities would make more sense for the fans and the players, they can't compete with the publicity a Yankee Stadium game would produce, and publicity translates into more money.

Playing the game in the Giants/Jets facility would not create the same buzz a Yankee Stadium game would create.  Also, the likelyhood of the Giants/Jets Stadium selling out is unlikely-- its too big! In fact, never mind a sell out, the Giants/Jets Stadium might only be half filled, depending on the competing teams. (Houston vs UCF would not be a huge draw in metro NY in December!) Yankee Stadium is a much more realistic size, about 50,000, and at least the Stadium look presentable with 30,000. 




Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

Even if the Big East manages somehow to get to 12 teams, playing a championship game would not be a good idea. Especially in December in New York... are you kidding me?
And Boise State would win it every season.  Does that even make any sense?  Boise State...Big East?



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

Even if the Big East manages somehow to get to 12 teams, playing a championship game would not be a good idea.  Especially in December in New York... are you kidding me?

The ACC can't even get any exposure for their championship game, how would the Big East even come close to filling a stadium for a 8-4 UConn versus a 9-3 Houston?  How would the Big East "West" fans afford to go to New York for a championship game and then find the money to support their team in a bowl game somewhere else?

Finally, by having a championship game, the Big East would just throw in another wrench possibly allowing an 8-4 team from one division beat a 10-2 or 11-1 team from the other division and then represent an already weak conference in their biggest bowl.

A Big East championship game (if one ever materializes) would be a lose-lose situation for the conference.  Just my opinion.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

or gee i dont know, you just play the game in the giants/jets place if you want the NY area.   what is this gay obsession/trend with playing football games in baseball stadiums?   look at us!!  isnt that smart?   we are playing football in a baseball park!   um no.  its getting old already. 



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:26 am
 

Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

After being at the Pinstripe Bowl with k-state and syracuse that was to cold and more like a punishment than a reward for two teams.  Go ahead and screw yourself Big (L)East!



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:15 am
 

Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

The way the league is looking with more teams out west, odds are the Big East championship game will be farther west. Give it 10 years and the basketball tournament will be out of Madison Square Garden. After Pitt and Syracuse leave, more than half of the league won't even care that it's not in New York anymore.



Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

The Big East is working on where to play their non-existent title game.

Did I accidently end up at The Onion instead of CBS Sports?



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Yankee Stadium could host Big East title game

R.I.P. Big Least.


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