SBD/Issue 244/College Football Preview

Univ. Of Miami In Talks For Football Game At Yankee Stadium

Miami Has Held Multiple Conversations With The
Yankees About Possible Game, Likely In '13

The Yankees are "looking to expand their schedule of college football games at Yankee Stadium," and the Univ. of Miami is "on their radar," according to a source cited by Steven Marcus of NEWSDAY. Miami AD Kirby Hocutt confirmed that he talked to Yankees officials, including co-Chair & Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner on Tuesday, and said he is "optimistic" a game can be arranged for the '13 football season. Hocutt did not name a possible opponent, but a source said UM would be on the "top of the ticket" as the featured team. One official said, "It's not a done deal yet." Marcus notes the Yankees are "hoping to make the new Stadium a spot for big college football games." College football debuts at the ballpark Nov. 20 when Notre Dame and Army face off, and the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl is scheduled to take place Dec. 30. Yankees spokesperson Alice McGillion said, "The whole college program has ... taken off. We are, in fact, in discussions with a number of top college teams" (NEWSDAY, 9/2). Hocutt: "There has been mutual interest, and we've talked to them about a possible Big East matchup. We've talked about a few scenarios. It's such an important market for us. I'd love to have a presence there every five years." He noted that UM has "more than 15,000 alumni" in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (MIAMI HERALD, 9/2). Miami coach Randy Shannon said, "It's a chance for us to be in the Northeast, which is a big University of Miami alumni area for fans to come out and enjoy the game if we can (get it) accomplished" (PALM BEACH POST, 9/2).

APPLE OF MY EYE: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Kevin Clark writes the "relationship between college football and the city is one of the wackiest things in New York sports." The last "significant game played in the area" was in '02, but the "battle to be the city's team will heat up as the decade goes along." Army AD Kevin Anderson said, "There's a windfall, but what you're getting with the exposure, sponsorship and excitement you can't even put a value on it. It's just at another level as far as branding and marketing goes." Clark notes Army's "relationship with Yankee Stadium makes them the unofficial gate-keepers of the stadium." Anderson said of interest from other teams, "We could probably schedule Yankee Stadium 15-to-20 years out." Mark Holtzman, who oversees college football at the ballpark, said that he has "heard from about two-dozen teams who want to play there." New Meadowlands Stadium Co. President & CEO Mark Lamping said that the "right teams draw well in New York," and noted that his stadium "will schedule games that will attract at least 60,000 fans" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/2).

GOING OLD SCHOOL: The Cubs and Northwestern Univ. have announced that Allstate will be the official sponsor of the Nov. 20 Illinois-Northwestern game at Wrigley Field. The Allstate Wrigleyville Classic will mark the first time in more than 87 years that the two schools have played at Wrigley Field and the first time in nearly 40 years that a football game has been played at the ballpark (Cubs).

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