—UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, 3:51 p.m. EDT—
It's official. On Tuesday the ACC, in conjunction with the New York Yankees and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, announced their six-year commitment.
Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing partner commented on the deal and his excitement for the future of the Pinstripe Bowl (Via TheACC.com):
The addition of the ACC to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, along with the Big Ten, will provide an annual matchup of some of college football’s top-tier programs. With outstanding institutions all along the East Coast as well as the Northeast, the ACC is an attractive participant and partner for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. We look forward to hosting the ACC, its fans and alumni in New York City for years to come during the holiday season.
ACC commissioner John Swofford also shared his thoughts on the deal and how it will impact the growing conference:
The partnership between the ACC and the New Era Pinstripe Bowl makes sense on so many levels and we are extremely pleased that one of the league’s football teams will be showcased in this game annually. With our 15-member conference stretching along the entire Atlantic Coast, this will be a great opportunity for our fans and alums to connect in the media capital of world and with one of the most storied and successful franchises in sports.
Less than one month after sealing an eight-year deal with the Big Ten Conference, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl has now locked down the other half of its annual bowl in the Bronx: the Atlantic Coast Conference.
According to ESPN's Brett McMurphy, the ACC and the Pinstripe Bowl came to a six-year agreement for a Yankee Stadium matchup with the Big Ten.
McMurphy went on to report that, according to his sources, ACC commissioner John Swofford, New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner and president Randy Levine would announce the decision at a press conference on Tuesday.
For the 2013-14 season, the Pinstripe Bowl will still feature a matchup between the Big 12 and American Athletic (formerly Big East) conferences.
Beginning next season, the Pinstripe Bowl will join the Belk, Sun and Gator/Music City bowls in choosing between the ACC's third through sixth selections, according to McMurphy.
Also in McMurphy's report, the ACC will still send its champion to the Orange Bowl and its second selection will head to the Russell Athletic Bowl. Additionally, ACC members can also be sent to the Capital One Bowl, if the Big Ten sends a team to the Orange Bowl.
Finally, the ACC and Big Ten are also expected to meet up in a new Detroit bowl, as reported by ESPN in May.
The Pinstripe Bowl move make sense, not only for the ACC and Big Ten, but for the departed Big 12 as well.
Making a trip to New York for a bowl game is simply more practical for ACC and Big Ten fans on the East Coast and in the Midwest. On the other hand, a Big Apple trip is much more difficult for Big 12 fans who would potentially be traveling from Texas and Oklahoma.