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ESPN has reached a multiyear agreement with the New York Yankees for exclusive national television and radio rights to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl to debut this year and be played at Yankee Stadium. As part of the agreement, the post-season college football bowl game will be televised by ESPN, broadcast on ESPN Radio and can be simulcast on ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV through the 2015 season.
The inaugural game will be played on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl will pit the BIG EAST team with the third-best conference record against the Big 12 team with the sixth-best conference record after BCS selections. The contest will mark the first NCAA football bowl game in Bronx, N.Y., since the Gotham Bowl on Dec. 15, 1962, when Nebraska defeated Miami 36-34 at the original Yankee Stadium.
ESPN also recently announced a new long-term agreement with the Gator Bowl and multiyear extensions with the Capital One Bowl and Outback Bowl for exclusive television rights for coverage across ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 on January 1.
With the new agreements, ESPN now has exclusive rights to 32 of college football’s post-season bowl games, including all five BCS games highlighted by the BCS National Championship.