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Hogs, Aggies To Head Back To Arlington In 2014

The Texas A&M-Arkansas football rivalry will be moving back to Jerry Jones’ Cowboys Stadium in Arlington beginning in 2014.  The Razorbacks wanted the series to be continued in the Metroplex this year, but A&M officials wanted to get the game on campus so the Aggies would have at least six home dates in 2012.  Next year, the game will be played in Fayetteville before moving back to Arlington.

The series — which was played at Cowboys Stadium in 2009, 2010, and 2011 — is contracted to return to the domed behemoth of a venue from 2014 through 2024.

Jones, for those who don’t know it, owns the Dallas Cowboys and is a former Arkansas player.  And into his house, the Razorbacks and Aggies will soon return.

 


2 comments
PBHogg
PBHogg

Do you think this is an indication that the SEC will be going to 9 game schedule in 2014?

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @PBHogg 

 

Not sure why the Ags and Hogs, in continuing with a binding contract they had with Jones, Inc. would indicate the SEC might be moving to a 9 game schedule. While the press is making this sound like a new development, it is not. The contract for the neutral site was made between UA, A&M and Jones before the SEC deal, and A&M heading into the SEC does not constitute a change in the deal for Jones and Co, who are the 3rd party in this deal.

 

I suspect A&M, which has a lot of folks who do not favor the "neutral" site, started to modify the deal with Jerry right after A&M was accepted into the SEC. A&M wanted to bulk up its home stand in the short term (which is why there is a Kyle Field game this year) and UA wanted to extend the series past the 7 games left on the contract (its a great deal for the Hogs). So, the series got extended to 11 more games at Jerry World, and Jones, A&M and UA had some time to deal with SEC rules on revenue sharing, neutral site recruiting, etc. in extending the series to 11 more games.

 

Think this is a really good deal for the Hogs, and A&M actually makes more money at Jerry World than a Kyle Field game, so while some Ags don't like inviting the Hogs into the state every year for an extended time, the Hogs held up their end of the deal and helped A&M out in the short term (and again, the money for both sides is pretty darn good).

 

Anything that brings more money into the SEC coffers has to be taken as at least being half a good move.....



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