A Bowl Game Could Be Heading To A New City After 2018

first_imgThe Texas Longhorns cheerleaders holding Texas flags.DALLAS – OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Every year, we see some changes to the bowl schedule. After this year, the Heart of Dallas Bowl may have to head to the heart of another city.The game, played at the Cotton Bowl, is coming off of one of its more sad match-ups.On paper, it looked like a potentially fun game. The 2017 edition of the Heart of Dallas Bowl pit Utah against West Virginia, two solid Power Five programs.However, the day after Christmas was a poor weather day in Dallas, neither fan base is very local or was enthused for the trip, and as a result, attendance was incredibly sparse.Fans didn’t exactly flock to the Cotton Bowl to see Utah and West Virginia pic.twitter.com/Z1N3YjcbSC— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 26, 2017More first half shots from the #HeartofDallasBowl. #BowlSeason (https://t.co/WQVNZwgbgt + https://t.co/rTZFYCdIfw) pic.twitter.com/Bx4dAvCrI8— Empty Seats Galore (@EmptySeatsPics) December 26, 2017Attendance for the game was listed at over 20,500. That’s a bad look for the 92,000-seat stadium, and based on the actual photos, the number was definitely much lower in reality.Now, the future of the Heart of Dallas Bowl is in serious jeopardy.The city nearly voted against paying ESPN to host the game. The decision was punted, but this could be the last year that the bowl game is in Dallas.As Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky reports, the city council nearly voted against renewing a deal this morning, instead electing to punt the decision to September.A deal would mean $300,000 to ESPN, a number at which it sounds like the majority of the council has balked. If the city elects to lose the game, it could move down I35 to Austin.Monica Paul, executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission, said she has been talking with ESPN about getting better teams in the future — which would mean higher attendance and better ratings. But she said in an interview she’s concerned that if the council votes against the incentive, ESPN will simply take the game elsewhere — like Austin, which wants a bowl game.The Heart of Dallas Bowl is the only bowl in Dallas proper, but the area has a few other existing games. The Cotton Bowl Classic is now played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, while nearby Fort Worth (Armed Forces Bowl), and Frisco Frisco Bowl) also host games.[Dallas Morning News]last_img read more