The Yankees and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Monday announced an eight-year affiliation with the Big Ten Conference beginning in 2014. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner noted his family's ties to the Big Ten, mentioning his late father George's coaching stints at Northwestern and Purdue and his mother's graduation from Ohio State.
The Big Ten replaces the Big 12, whose deal with the three-year-old bowl runs out after this season. Yankees president Randy Levine declined to comment on reports the ACC eventually will replace the Big East.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference will try to place teams "that make sense" in the bowl rather than going strictly by the standings and added that a minimum of six teams will visit over eight years. Rutgers and Maryland join the Big Ten in 2014, expanding the conference footprint to the East Coast.
"New York is a place you need to be to present a national slate of bowl games," Delany said.