The long-anticipated New York City bowl game is real at last, and already has a terrible name. The Pinstripe Bowl is total sports cross-contamination, what with all the putting of your Yankees-ness into our college football, and the contamination of the Yankees by the sixth place Big 12 Team and the third place Big East team playing in Yankee Stadium in December. (For reference, that matchup would have been Kansas State versus West Virginia this year. Taste the electricity!)â†µ
Whether either fanbase would travel to watch a game in New York City in a baseball stadium in frosty late December weather doesn’t seem to be a question the organizers of the event care about, and may not have to since ESPN already has the tv rights secured. Like most small bowls, the Pinstripe Bowl will be heavily bankrolled by ESPN. The network is the driving force behind the proliferation of bowl games, which make for easy programming for the schedule.â†µ
If you doubt that the Fenway Bowl is far behind, you underestimate the network’s hunger for easy bowl games and their desire to put a bowl game in the first week of December to extend the lucrative college football season. It will be the best bowl game evaaaaahhh, and there will be no denying this.