Report: Pac-12 discussing bowl game in Australia for 2016 season

Monday March 30th, 2015

The Pac-12 Conference is discussing adding a bowl game in Melbourne, Australia, for the 2016 season, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports.

McMurphy also reports that the conference initially hoped to play the game this season, but will now aim for the following year.

In recent years, several teams have played regular season games in Ireland. Boston College and Georgia Tech will play a regular season game in Ireland during the 2016 season. The inaugural Bahamas Bowl was played after the 2014 season, the first bowl game played outside the United States since the International Bowl in Toronto was discontinued after the 2009 season.

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Earlier this month, it was reported the NFL is considering Brazil as a possible host for the 2017 Pro Bowl with eyes on expanding its influence into South America.

In addition to the possibility of a bowl game in Australia, McMurphy reports that Tuscon, Ariz., is going to apply on Tuesday to host a bowl game this season. The Arizona Bowl would feature teams from the Mountain West and Conference USA playing at the University of Arizona.

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He also reports that Little Rock, Ark. is interested in adding a bowl game this season, too. The game would be played between teams from the American and Sun Belt conferences at War Memorial Stadium.

There are currently 40 bowl games scheduled for the 2015 season.

- Paul Palladino

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