Pinstripe Bowl finally a reality

Long rumored and discussed, the Pinstripe Bowl became official today, hosted by the new Yankee Stadium in New York and sponsored by New Era.

The game will pit the Big 12's No. 6 team against the Big East's No. 3 team on Dec. 30, excluding Bowl Championship Series participants. Previously, the game had been rumored as the "Yankee Bowl."

The new Yankee Stadium will host several games in the coming years, including Notre Dame-Army on Nov. 20.

ESPN agreed to broadcast the game, which will be held no earlier than Christmas and no later than New Year's Day, for six years.

New York in December is slightly colder than Phoenix or Miami, but Christmas or New Year's in the Big Apple shouldn't be a tough sell for Big 12 fans, whose opportunities to see college football in New York have been non-existent until now.