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Texas football game in Mexico City inching toward reality?

Posted April 24th, 2014

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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.

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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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