American may create new bowl in south Florida
PONTE VEDRA BEACH -- As the American Athletic Conference looks at a new bowl lineup after the 2013 season, commissioner Mike Aresco said Tuesday that the conference will consider creating its own bowl game, potentially in south Florida.
"We think that's doable. We think the finances can work," Aresco said. "We think ESPN's done a heck of a job with some of the bowls they've created, and we think it's time we did something like that. We like the idea of it."
Miami already has the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium, the home stadium for the Dolphins and University of Miami. One potential venue that could be explored is Marlins Park, the Marlins' one-year-old stadium. The Big East has a strong recent history with bowl games in baseball stadiums -- its current agreement includes the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium and the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
Aresco could see considerable change from the Big East's current bowl lineup -- the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, the Belk Bowl in Charlotte and Pinstripe have all been discussed for new conference affiliations. Aresco said he was "confident" the American would have continuing relationships with two ESPN-backed bowl games -- the St. Petersburg game as well as in Birmingham, Ala.