In February of 2005, Kevin White announced that he would like to add a “mini bowl game” to Notre Dame’s schedule every year in areas of the country where the Irish rarely travel. It appears the first of such games could be a matchup with Baylor, but according to the Dallas Morning News, the television rights for such a game are preventing the two sides from officially adding the game.
Big 12 officials have told McCaw that the Big 12 television contract calls for neutral site games played by member schools in what is considered a Big 12 viewing area to be aired by ABC.
McCaw disagrees with the Big 12’s interpretation of the contract, saying, “The old contract doesn’t specifically speak to that issue.”
The Big 12 wouldn’t have a problem if Baylor and Notre Dame were playing home-and-home, so NBC could carry one of the games and ABC could air the other. But Notre Dame has agreed to play Baylor only once, as a home game for the Irish in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Should the game be given a green light, it would be played at either the Cotton Bowl or the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. In case you haven’t seen the mammoth structure that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones plans to build, take a look.
Considering Notre Dame’s less than stellar recent track record recruiting in the Lone Star State, a matchup that filled the 100,000+ seat new Cowboys stadium would definitely be a nice shot in the arm for the Irish recruiting efforts in Texas.