Texas athletic director Steve Patterson consummated a deal to bring Longhorns athletics to China. Is his push for Mexico City is slowly coming to fruition?
ESPN president John Skipper admitted the Big 12 and Pac-12 have started discussions about playing a football game in Mexico City, CBSSports.com reported on Thursday. No dates and teams were mentioned, though.
“Keep your eye on it,” Skipper said, according to CBSSports.com.
Patterson first told the American-Statesman in January (subscription required) he wanted to explore the idea of a neutral-site football game in Mexico City. All it took was a willing partner. Many presumed that Patterson had a game against USC in mind.
In March, Patterson said of a Mexico City game: “It just makes sense. It’s really not that far.”
In an April 1 interview with reporters, Patterson said he wants to “tell the story of UT around the planet.” That’s why the men’s basketball team will play Washington in the 2015-16 season opener in Shanghai, China. Patterson is also intrigued about doing something in Dubai.
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